From Facebook to Auction: The $50 Chair That Sold for $85,000

This TikTok user resold a $50 chair that became an auction sensation (and he made thousands).

Lauren Thomann is an antique dealer, freelance writer, and editor with 16 years of experience and a B.A. in English and Linguistics. She specializes in antiques (mainly Victorian through Mid-Century), antique jewelry, old house renovations, and lifestyle and home-related content.
A Rare High-back Wing Chair by Frits Henningsen
Credit: Sotheby's

Justin Miller, a 33-year-old home design content creator based in Los Angeles, made a fortune from a seemingly ordinary purchase on Facebook Marketplace. As part of his daily routine, Miller spends about half an hour browsing the online marketplace. In February, he stumbled upon a leather chair being sold for $50 as part of a yard sale in Beverly Hills. The chair, with its unique color and shape, caught his eye.

Upon contacting the seller, he was told that the chair could be worth a lot if repaired. Intrigued, Miller decided to do some research and discovered that the chair was a rare piece designed by Danish designer Frits Henningsen, with only 50 ever made. Similar chairs had previously sold for over $100,000.


Can’t believe I just found this amazing designer chair on Facebook Marketplace for $50! Could be worth $100,000 🙃 #homedecor #interiordesign #diy #homerenovation #thrifted #vintage #thrifthaul #facebookmarketplace #antiques

♬ love nwantinti (ah ah ah) – CKay
Justin Miller shares the story behind his remarkable Facebook Marketplace find.

Miller documented his journey on TikTok, where his video detailing his discovery garnered over 2.4 million views. Encouraged by comments suggesting he contact an auction house, Miller reached out to Sotheby’s, who handled the chair’s restoration and sale. The chair, after being lightly repaired and conditioned, was sold at a Sotheby’s auction on June 7 for $85,000—or $107,950 after buyer’s fees.


Replying to @harryjowsey I CAN’T BELIEVE IT!! My chair finally went to auction. What you see here is the hammer price, the buyer ended up paying $22k more on top of this. Thank you to the @Sotheby’s team for their hard work. CRAZY! #homedecor #interiordesign #diy #thriftfinds #thrifted #facebookmarketplace #sothebys #auction #rarefind #antique

♬ original sound – Mizter Justin Miller
Miller reacts to the final auction price for the vintage Frits Henningsen chair.

Miller plans to use some of the profit for a personal memento of his adventure, while the rest will be saved for a down payment on a home. His experience serves as a reminder of the hidden treasures that can be found on online marketplaces if one looks hard enough.

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