Typically, we tend to associate IKEA with furniture made for wear and tear, easily accessible, cheap and, of course, flat-packed and complete with a manual. However, several pieces launched by IKEA since they opened their doors in Älmhult in 1958 have today become sought after collectibles. Pieces made in collaboration with renowned designers are the ones that tend to go down in IKEA history. Check out our list of the IKEA pieces that made headlines when they went to auction.

The 17th century series that was made in the nineties

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The most desired IKEA pieces at auction often come from the 1700s series that was created in the 1990s. Lars Sjöberg, an important member of Sweden's National Museum, convinced IKEA to recreate 18th century furniture designs. After the series was not considered profitable, production came to a halt in 1999.

Mid-century IKEA

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In addition to the 1700s series, undoubtedly designs from IKEA's lines produced during the 1950s to 1970s that sell the best.

Karin Mobring is the brains behind many of IKEA's most sought after furniture design. The ''Amiral'' Armchair with its chrome and leather frame is one of the most popular designs to come from the 1970s.

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"Impala" was designed by Gillis Lundgren and is a favourite IKEA classic.

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In 2016, two recliners from the "Skye" produced in the later half of the 20th century were auctioned for £450 at the auction house Bukowskis.

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Two copies of the Nils Gammelgrad "Oti" painted metal armchair were sold in 2016 for £975 at Lauritz.

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The ''Åke'' chair and sofa were designed in the 1950s. In 1956, an "Åke" chair would set you back. In 2016, Bukowskis sold one at auction for £945.

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These chair are the perfect kitchen. Created in the latter half of the 20th century, four of them were sold at auction in 2016 to the tune of £160.

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Last year, four copies of the "Skopan" were sold for just over £180. The chair was designed in 1974 by Olle Gjerlöv-Knudsen and Torben Lind for IKEA.

For art's sake

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As well as furniture, IKEA is known for making masterpieces that fit everyone's budget. Some of Sweden's leading contemporary artists created pieces in limited editions for the interior giant, which today sell for serious cash.

Lars Norrman was born in Helsingborg in 1915 and worked with IKEA in the 1960s and 70s.

Check out more IKEA pieces at auction here.