For Architectural Digest, by Sophie Hirsh.
Turns out that $62 Ikea Fjellse bed frame may be the best investment you’ve ever made. Vintage Ikea furniture has reportedly been selling at online auctions for huge profits, with one piece bringing in nearly $65,000, according to the The Daily Mail.
The news outlet explains that the trend was discovered by Barnebys, a website that organizes sales from thousands of auction houses. A quick search on the website for “Ikea” yields 70 results, as of Monday afternoon.
“Our records show that there is a huge demand, greater than ever before, for vintage Ikea furniture. There has been a big boom within the last year that has been felt in markets all across the world,” Barnebys cofounder Pontus Silfverstolpe told The Daily Mail. But if you’ve already started dusting off your Hemnes and Kivik, turns out you may be out of luck. “Unlike many of their items today, Ikea’s older products were made very well and have stood the test of time,” Silfverstolpe added.
This isn’t the first time Ikea has proved that what’s old is new again. Ever since fashion brand Balenciaga made a $2,145 version of Ikea’s classic $0.99 Frakta tote, the iconic shopping bag has been enjoying a moment in the spotlight. The bag has been turned into a baseball cap, sandals, sneakers, a pullover, and more.
While none of the vintage Ikea furniture currently showing up on Barnebys is worth $65,000 (the piece that went for that outstanding price was a mushroom chair from 1944, writes The Daily Mail), there are still plenty of pricey options available. Check out a few below.
Set of Four Verner Panton Vilbert Chairs, 1993, about $4,100.
Early Bookshelf by Gillis Lundgreen, about $3,800.
Pair of armchairs “Natura” by Karin Mobring, about $1,700.
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