From Seattle Times arts writer Michael Upchurch:
You expect to see price-tags on paintings, drawings, sculptures and even the odd video installation in an art gallery. But a sign saying “THIS STAIRCASE IS FOR SALE!” is a tad more unusual.
The staircase in question is at Davidson Galleries, and it’s a handsome, sturdy, fir-and-welded-steel affair. So why is gallery owner Sam Davidson selling it?
Because he’s shifting his emphasis to works-on-paper only, and reconfiguring his gallery space so as to have four or five small exhibits always on display, with no downtime between exhibits.
Davidson is converting his mezzanine display gallery to an employee-only workspace where artworks can be prepared for exhibit. That means he has no need for a public staircase leading up to the mezzanine. And that staircase takes up a sizeable footprint in the gallery. Removing it will give him more display space on the gallery’s main floor
As custom-built staircases go, this one is a bargain. Davidson bought it three years ago for $7,000, but is offering it for $2,500. Its builder, David Bethlahmy of D B Ltd/The Periodic Table, is available to move it for a price — a price that depends on where the purchaser intends to put it. Interested buyers should call Rebecca at 206-624-7684 or email her at Rebecca@davidsongalleries.com.