Memorabilia From Fashion Store Biba for Bonhams Sale

. June 10, 2010

An eclectic collection of furniture created by British designer Steven Thomas for the legendary 1960s and 1970s fashion store Biba is to be sold at Bonhams, Knightsbridge as part of its Vision 21 sale on 30 June 2010 at 1pm.

Many of the pieces were originally sold by Bonhams on 4 October 1975 in the Good-Bye Ken High! sale.

The auction followed the closure of Big Biba, the final and most impressive Biba shop, which occupied five floors in the former Derry and Toms department store on High Street Kensington.

Highlights in this sale include an unique display stand entitled Othello (estimate £5,000 – 7,000), which was designed for the Food Hall; a cellulose mannequin (estimate £500 – 700); and a mirrored shop sign (estimate £600 – 800).

The sale also features a set of library steps (estimate £600 – 800); a pair of double sided cheval mirrors (estimate £500 – 700); a massive lighting unit (estimate £800 – 1,200); and a mirrored glass till surround (estimate £600 – 800).

Founded by Barbara Hulanicki in 1964 as a mail order company, Biba opened as a shop in the same year in Abingdon Road, Kensington before relocating to a bigger shop on Church Street. In 1969 Biba moved to High Street Kensington where it remained for four years, before its last move to the site of the Derry and Toms department store, also on High Street Kensington, in 1973.

Designer Steven Thomas, whose other projects include designing Sir Paul McCartney’s studio in Scotland, was employed to design the interiors, the graphics and the packaging of this final store.

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