What Are 70s Hand-Shaped Chairs?

Original hand chairs from the 20th century are sought after by high-end collectors, according to a chair shown by Christie's from a recent auction. It was crafted from highly polished wood in the 1960s by Mexican artist Pedro Friedeberg. The palm of the hand forms the seat, and the four fingers form the back rest with the thumb angled toward the left side of a person seated in the chair.

This hand chair was originally estimated by Christie's auction house to sell for $8,000 to $12,000 during an auction that was held December 12-13, 2013 at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. The hand chair, signed by the artist along its lower edge, actually sold for $7,500.

According to Christie's, Pedro Friedeberg was born in 1937. His biography on the artist's official website describes Friedeberg as admiring everything "useless, frivolous and whimsical".

A resurgence of interest in the market for replicas and interpretations of the hand-chaped chair is seen in businesses such as Hand Shaped Chairs in Rockford, Ill., which sells large, hand-shaped chairs that are made of durable plastic. According to Hand Shaped Chairs, their style lines include chairs in solid colors and granite style colors. They also sell a catchers mitt chair.