New world record for Alvar Aalto at Helsinki Design + Contemporary Art

Alvar Aalto, model 9751. Sold for 55 005 € at Helsinki Design + Contemporary Art.


Helsinki Design + Contemporary Art achieves strong results

Bukowskis continues to demonstrate its strengths as a digital front-runner with its online Fine Art auction, Helsinki Design + Contemporary Art. The auction presented several sought-after design objects and attracted eager online bidders from over 25 countries.

”We are thrilled with the auction’s results. Several rare design objects reached high final prices and we set a new record for Alvar Aalto’s vases. The auction attracted many new bidders, both international and domestic, and it is clear that our customers appreciate our digital sales channels, says Anna Rosenius, Head of Finnish design.

The top lot of the evening was a rare “9751” vase by Alvar Aalto, which after intense bidding reached a record price of 55 005 €. The vase was originally designed for the Karhula design competition in 1936. Only twenty pieces of this very rare model were made between 1937 and 1939, and to this day only a few vases have reportedly been recovered.

Other notable highlights were a stunning chandelier by Paavo Tynell that sold for 40 673 €, a silver cutlery set by Bertel Gardberg that reached a final price of 19 298 € and a unique ceramic relief by Rut Bryk that surpassed its estimate of 15 000 – 20 000 € and sold for 45 328 €. The work is a preliminary work of the “Jäärvirta” relief that Rut Bryk designed for the official residence of the President of the Republic of Finland. Bryk personally gave this draft to Harry Blomster, the CEO of Arabia.

We are proud and grateful for the continued trust our customer has shown. We are now accepting consignments for our upcoming auctions and want to encourage our customers to take advantage of our digital services.

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Tapio Wirkkala, A plywood dish signed TW.
Final bid 
6 550 EUR
Estimate 
4 000 - 4 500 EUR
ALVAR AALTO, A '9751' vase Karhula Glassworks 1937.
Final bid 
44 900 EUR
Estimate 
12 000 - 14 000 EUR
Björn Weckström, An 18K gold bracelet "Opus 381". Lapponia 1969.
Final bid 
11 000 EUR
Estimate 
7 500 - 8 500 EUR
Paavo Tynell, a mid-20th century chandelier for Idman.
Final bid 
33 200 EUR
Estimate 
12 000 - 15 000 EUR