Wright Auction in Chicago held a sale of 406 paper works by Irving Harper who died last year and left behind a fairly complete body of work:
Irving Harper Paper Sculptures had record bidding activity and throughout the 8 hour auction 99% of the 300 lots sold with sales totaling $1,166,975
Wright presents Irving Harper: Paper Sculptures, an auction devoted to the idiosyncratic, extraordinary and diverse series of sculptures created by renowned industrial designer Irving Harper. Working from the attic of his Rye, New York home, Harper created extensive groups of works in a dizzying array of visual motifs, drawing on a wide-ranging set of artistic influences. His primary material of choice was paper, and Harper’s mastery of the delicate material gave way to the execution of a seemingly limitless stream of objects. With the exception of a few gifts to friends, this sale represents the sculptural work created by Harper in its entirety, and is a rare opportunity to see a little known chapter of one of modern design’s most important protagonists.