World Record Price Established for Le Corbusier Unité Portfolio Prints at artnet Auctions


NEW YORK, NY.- On June 9, 2011, artnet Auctions sold Le Corbusier’s complete 1953 Unité prints portfolio (with additional black and white set) for the record price of US$57,500. Complete Le Corbusier prints sets rarely appear at public auction. Only the first 30 of the 130 portfolios of this edition contain the full 37 prints: 17 color prints and 20 black and white prints on Rives BFK paper. The pristine condition and historical significance of this Le Corbusier prints portfolio attracted a great deal of interest from an international audience. According to Brent Lewis, head of design auctions at artnet Auctions, “Unité was included in our inaugural design auction, launched this May. We were thrilled to see such active interest, both from traditional art collectors and the design community, who are excited to find a new venue to buy and sell design alongside paintings, sculpture, prints and photographs.” Le Corbusier was one of the fathers of Modern architecture,