Sometimes in this business you just get lucky. I could say it was my vast knowledge of mid century modern collectibles that prompted me to pick this item up, but in reality, I just thought it was cool and so I bought it to hang on my wall. I figured since it was so big and heavy, the cost of shipping it would be too high and it wouldn't be worth listing online. In my defense, I DID recognize it as something super cool - just not as something super valuable. That counts for something, right? ;)
When I got it home I decided to research the signature on it - Coronel. It wasn't long before I realized that it was definitely worth listing, and the potential selling price on it trumped any desire I had to keep it for myself! Click the link above to see the current high bid - the auction ends on Sunday, I'm expecting most of the bidding activity to be happening then, towards the end. That's how it usually goes anyway...
If you want to see the prices some sellers are asking for Coronel pieces, head over to 1st Dibs. Yowza. I don't know if my piece will go as high as all that, but if it goes even half as high I will be extremely happy! :)
The most helpful spot I found information about the designer / artist, Raul Coronel, was a thread over on the 20th Century Forum. Those folks over there know their stuff, and they were super helpful when I posted there, looking for more information on my find. From the info in their posts there I'm estimating my piece to be from the 1950s or 1960s, and there is a chance that it is one of a kind, rather than one that they produced multiples of - I haven't been able to find another one just like it anywhere online. Believe me, I've combed through Google a few times looking for it!
Super scores don't come around every day, but man it sure is fun when they do turn up! :)