Collectors splashing out as much as £50,000 to snap up rare vintage pieces by the Swedish furniture maker at auction houses around the world, research reveals.
Many of the most sought-after items are ones that flopped when they were first released while others are the result of collaborations between IKEA and well-known designers. Colourful flatpack chairs designed by futuristic Danish designer Verner Panton worth £60 in 1993 now sell for £700.
The most expensive example is the IKEA ‘mushroom’ or ‘clam’ chair, which was released just a year after the store was founded in 1943. It has appeared at numerous fine art and design auctions around the world, where it has fetched for up to £50,000.
Sometimes it’s just so hard to get Art.