Midcentury modern chair

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Midcentury Modern Furniture
You know that chair? The one that your downsizing relative foisted on you that you absolutely hate and swore you would never use? If it was purchased between 1930 and 1965, finding a buyer for it won't be hard. Eames items are particularly coveted, as are those by Arne Jacobsen, Harry Bertoia, Eileen Gray, Borge Mogensen, Isamu Noguchi and Herman Miller. If you're looking to get the highest possible price, check for any designer names on the piece and then research the names to see if you've got a rare find on your hands. And if the manufacturer doesn't seem particularly remarkable, don't despair. Griffith says even a generic end table from that period can be worth $50 to $100.