RACINE, Wis. (AP) – A desk and chair designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for SC Johnson in Racine is off the auction block for now while a federal judge decides who owns the furniture.
An order filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York says the auction house Sotheby’s will hold on to the pieces until the ownership issue is resolved. The pieces together have an estimated worth of $480,000 to $720,000 and were to be auctioned Wednesday.
The Racine Journal Times says SC Johnson filed a lawsuit against Sotheby’s asking that the pieces be returned to the company. The desk and chair had once been in the SC Johnson administration building, which Wright also designed. Sotheby’s says the pieces were sent to it on consignment by an unidentified California man.
Information from: The Journal Times, http://www.journaltimes.com