Jean-Michel Frank cabinet smashes designer's auction record

A Jean-Michel Frank cabinet produced in 1935 has set a new auction record for a work by the designer, at a 20th century decorative arts auction at Sotheby's.

The art deco piece was valued at $834,024 but shattered its estimate by 513%, hammering for $5.1m at the March 12 sale in Paris.

Jean-Michel Frank cabinet
The cabinet was designed by Jean-Michel Frank in 1935

Frank (1895-1941) is regarded as one of the greatest interior designers of his era and is credited with developing the art deco aesthetic.

He was born in France but travelled widely, taking on commissions from wealthy patrons in Europe and the Americas. Tragically, he killed himself in New York in 1941 following a lifelong battle with depression.

Tete (1928), a sculpture by Gustave Miklos, also performed well - achieving an increase of 224.6% on an estimate of $250,000 to make $811,500.

Miklos was heavily involved with the development of the cubist movement through his work as a sculptor. Later in his career he began to work as a designer.

He exhibited in the International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts (1925), the world's fair held in Paris that catalysed the art deco movement.

His auction record was set by a pair of palm wood leopard-skin benches, which achieved $2.2m at Christie's sale of the Yves Saint Laurent collection in Paris in 2009.

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