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Friday, July 2, 2010
Niçois Designer's Work Makes a Statement at Michael Jackson Auction
One year after Michael Jackson's sudden death, Julien's Auctions in Las Vegas held an impressive auction for the late King of Pop, presenting the furniture that Jackson had commissioned for his Kent residence in England. Michael Jackson was planning to use that home as his residence for his “This is It” concert series. Along with furniture there were 200 pieces of memorabilia such as his Swarovski crystal studded glove from his Victory Tour, a signed "Beat It" jacket, and signed "Bad" Lyrics.
One of the pieces that sparked our interest was a stool designed by our Niçois neighbor, Jean-Antoine Hierro. Jean-Antoine is an artist and furniture designer who designs under the name "Hierro Desvilles". His gallery is just a short walk down the street from us in the antique district of Nice.
Forever the showman onstage and off, Jackson always aimed at making a statement and his interior design and furniture were no different. This spectacular red velvet upholstered stool is accented with gold welting and decorative bronze gilt carved wooden feet. Called "La Dimora di un Gentleman" this piece was designed by Hierro and handmade in Italy to exact specifications by the Italian furniture design house Colombostile. "La Dimora di un Gentleman" translates as "The House of a Gentleman". Michael Jackson originally commissioned the piece at a retail price of $17,000. Estimated at auction at $10-15,000, it outperformed the odds selling for $21,250.
Bravo, Jean-Antoine Hierro!