Ikea — with its flat-packed boxes, hex wrenches, and first-apartment furniture that seldom made it to the next place in the same condition — wasn't always the brand of choice for singletons, college seniors, and divorcees. In the mid-20th century, it was a hub of Scandinavian design and a testament to making the most out of the least. Items such as the Billy bookcase, Poäng chair, Lack table, and Klippan loveseat have seen their prices rise since Ikea landed in the U.S. in 1985, while other pieces have seen their prices soar at auction as tastes and materials change. With Ikea opening its own museum of vintage offerings, we present the following as just a few examples of furnishings that can go for well more than their initial price.
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