Steel, aluminium and glass desk by Raymond Cohen – £6200 at Bellmans.

Enjoy unlimited access: just £1 for 12 weeks

Subscribe now

Each Cohray item was made to a commission and output was limited.

A mid-20th century Cohray steel, aluminum and glass desk was among the 230 lots from the estate of Sir David Tang (1954-2017), the multi-millionaire Hong Kong entrepreneur and philanthropist, offered at Bellmans (22% buyer’s premium) at Billingshurst on May 13.

The 7ft 7in (2.32m) wide bowfront desk lacked its original glass inserts and was estimated at £200-400 but sold at £6200.

Generally comprising minor items and attracting 20% import VAT on the hammer price, the Tang estate nevertheless enjoyed a 98% selling rate and a hammer total of just over £200,000.