In the middle of the 1970s, the artist Andy Warhol fell in love with bakelite carvings. He bought every piece he could find and accumulated a huge collection, which sold at Sotheby’s in New York after his death in 1988. From that point on, interest and prices soared. At the same time, bakelite radios and jewelry were starring in Woody Allen’s films.
Since then, the number of bakelite and other plastic jewelry collectors has continued to grow in America and in Europe – thanks to the original designs, the powerful colors, and the sense of joy these items radiate.