Le Corbusier designs branded “junk” now fetch thousands of dollars at auction


Artefacts associated with the work of Le Corbusier which were part of his work in designing the Indian city of Chandigarh and originally sold as junk have been fetching thousands of dollars at auction.

Items disposed of by the local authority have been  sold off at auctions in London, New York, Paris and other western cities. They include chairs, tables and other designs of the French architect.

Most of Chandigarh – which is observing the 50th death anniversary of Le Corbusier (1887-1965) – was designed by him and his cousin Pierre Jeanneret in the 1950s and 60s when the city was being built.

An iron manhole cover carrying the master-plan design of Chandigarh city by Le Corbusier was disposed of as junk by the city’s authorities. It was later sold at a New York auction in 2007 for $21,000 by leading auctioneer Christie’s.

Also two tables and eight V-shaped cane and cushion chairs designed by Le Corbusier and his team were stolen from the ‘Le Corbusier Centre’ in Chandigarh about a fortnight ago.

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