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    Cobra Lamp, ca. 1950

    Appraised Value:

    $1,500 (2013)

    Appraised on: June 1, 2013

    Appraised in: Detroit, Michigan

    Appraised by: Sebastian Clarke

    Category: Decorative Arts

    Episode Info: Detroit (#1804)

    Originally Aired: January 27, 2014

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    Form: Lamp
    Period / Style: 20th Century
    Value Range: $1,500 (2013)

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    Appraised By:

    Sebastian Clarke
    Decorative Arts, Furniture, Metalwork & Sculpture
    Director, Estate Services
    Rago Arts & Auction Center

    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: I brought a lamp I found at a house sale last year. I like stuff from the '50s, so...

    APPRAISER: It's called a cobra lamp. There's a label on the inside, "Ralph Smith." That's the label of the person who produced it, not designed it. It was actually designed by Greta Magnusson Grossman. She's Swedish, and in the late 1940s, she started this futuristic, bullet-shaped lamp series that was incredibly popular. One sold at auction in February 2012 for $1,500.

    GUEST: Really?

    APPRAISER: Nice, great.

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