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Men’s Vintage Roars To Life: The Zoot Suit That Cost As Much As A BMW – Forbes

November 26, 2011 Leave a comment

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This month in New York a zoot suit sold for $78,000.

It was a world-record performance made all the more surprising by the disparity between the value printed for it in the auction catalog: $600-$900.

“I like to always be on the conservative side with my estimates,” says Karen Augusta, who owns the highly-regarded Augusta Auctions vintage clothing company that sold the suit. “In my heart I thought it could sell for as much as $5,000, maybe more. And then when I was deluged with phone calls from pretty major museums in the country, I thought well, hmm, this is going to sell for way more than I expected.”

Indeed. The cream-colored woolen outfit is the only zoot suit known to have been sold at auction in the United States. One buyer from a large museum said she had been waiting 40 years to find something like it.

via Men’s Vintage Roars To Life: The Zoot Suit That Cost As Much As A BMW – Forbes.

Strange Random Clothes Quote:

It is an interesting question how far men would retain their relative rank if they were divested of their clothes. – Henry David Thoreau

 

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Barcelona Chairs – Please Don’t Sit. (via Urban Travel Tales)

January 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Great post about the Barcelona chair, part of the Mies Van der Rohe German Pavilion, from a fellow WordPress blogger.

Barcelona Chairs - Please Don't Sit. Have you ever heard of the exclusive “Barcelona Chair”?  Most likely you’ve seen one… or a cheap reproduction.  Well, here is the original: THE Barcelona Chair(s) No really, THE original.  From 1929.  Impressed?  Maybe not.  Well, let me tell you the story of this internationally famous silla… Created for the International Exposition of 1929 (hosted by Spain), the Barcelona chair was exclusively designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for the Ge … Read More

via Urban Travel Tales

Strange Random Chair Quote:

I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society. – Henry David Thoreau

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