- A content creator found a leather chair on Facebook Marketplace for $50.
- It turned out to be a rare high-back wing chair from a famed Danish furniture designer.
- The chair just sold at a Sotheby’s auction for over $100,000.
A ripped leather chair on Facebook Marketplace turned out to be one incredible payday.
The worn high-backed chair that a TikTok user bought on Facebook Marketplace for $50 just sold at a Sotheby’s auction for over $100,000, netting the creator tens of thousands of dollars in profit.
Justin Miller, a 33-year-old content creator in Los Angeles, told Insider that he spotted the chair on Facebook Marketplace during one of his daily searches for vintage finds.
“I’ve watched probably every single episode of Antiques Roadshow,” Miller said. “I live, breathe antiques. I’m not an expert, but like I have a good eye so I saw it and I was like ‘That looks like a really interesting chair.’ “
Miller took the photos of the busted-up chair, which had rips in the cushion, and plugged it into Google.
“Immediately, it popped up with chairs that sold for a crazy amount,” he said.
He raced over to buy the chair, but wasn’t sure if the piece of furniture was legitimate.
“Anything that’s worth a lot they’re going to be fakes of,” he said. The chair was being sold by the family friend of an older couple, who told Miller that the chair could be “worth a lot” if it got fixed up.
Miller messaged Sotheby’s, who identified the chair as a rare, high-back wing chair from Danish furniture designer Frits Henningsen.
In its listing, Sotheby’s said the chair, which is from 1935 and made of leather and oak, was “likely one of only fifty or so examples known to have been produced.”
“A rare and important example of his work, the chair also exemplifies the desirable qualities produced by the furniture industry of 1930s Scandinavia,” the listing says.
Miller said he spent over $1,000 to ship the chair to Sotheby’s and paid $3,000 to make the extensive repairs.
But it was worth it in the end, he said, even if the repairs were expensive.
The chair was expected to fetch between $30,000 and $50,000 at auction but quickly rocketed above the estimate on Wednesday when the bidding opened.
Miller posted a TikTok video showing his reaction as the bids rained in.
As the total climbed, Miller puts his hands in front of his mouth. “For a dumb chair!” he exclaims in the video.
“In a way, I kind of blacked out,” he told Insider. “It was surreal.”
The chair ultimately sold for nearly $108,000 after fees. Miller expects to make more than $70,000 off the find but says he’s not quitting his day job and that, after taxes, the money won’t change his lifestyle.
“As soon as [the auction] ended, I started some laundry and went to work,” he said.
He plans to save most of his earnings for a future down payment on a house. Still, he admitted he’s looking into splurging on a nice set of dining room chairs and perhaps a memento to remember the wild chair saga.
Miller also said he’s going to keep making videos for TikTok, where he shares ways to design on a budget.
And he’s still looking on Facebook for future finds — but now his family and friends aren’t questioning his methods.
“My brother said, ‘Okay, we can’t give Justin shit anymore for his weird shopping habits,’ ” Miller joked.