A Designer’s Eye: Property from Juan Montoya

Date: Oct 4, 2023 10:00 EST
Sale type: Live auction


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  • Auction of A Designer's Eye: Property of Juan Montoya on October 4, 2023
  • Furniture, Decorations and Art from the Collection of the Legendary Designer
  • A World Auction Record for a Sculpture by Helmut Lang


NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle was honored to auction A Designer’s Eye: Property from Juan Montoya on October 4, 2023. This landmark sale presented exceptional furniture, decorations and art from the collection of the legendary designer.

A World Auction Record for Helmut Lang
A highlight of the sale was Helmut Lang's group of six untitled pillars -- resin casts made with scraps from his studio, the detritus from a flood that destroyed many rolls of the former designer's fabric. Pivoting in 2005 from a legendary career in fashion, Lang focused on making art and sculpture. This striking sculptural work achieved $28,350. – A World Auction Record for the Artist.

Other works of art that performed strongly were Lucio Fontana’s sculpture Concetto Spaziale, an egg-shaped bronze from 1967 that realized $63,000, surpassing its $30,000-50,000 estimate, and Robert Courtright’s 1994 untitled (Red Collage) work on paper that fetched $16,380, more than doubling its $5,000-7,000 estimate.

Four Roman style marble figural stele estimated $700-1,000 each sold for a combined $18,545 following determined competition. Furniture in the sale was led by a stylish iron and wood console table designed by Juan Montoya that sailed past its $1,000-2,000 estimate to achieve $4,095.

Juan Montoya
Juan Montoya is one of the most acclaimed and prolific interior designers in the world today. A member of the Interior Design Hall of Fame, a recipient of an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design, Star of Design Award, and the Legends Award from Pratt Institute, his contributions to the field of interior design are widely recognized. He is also included in AD100 since its inaugural list, AD Collector (France) top 100, AD 30 Deans of Design and a Grand Master on Elle Decor's A-list.

Juan Montoya was born and spent his early years in Colombia. After studying architecture in Bogotá, he moved to New York where he graduated from Parsons School of Design. Following two years of work and study in Paris and Milan, he returned to New York, where he founded the design business he has presided over since. His firm specializes in residential and contract interior design, with projects located throughout the United States and Internationally. 

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