LA Modern Auctions (LAMA) is the West Coast's preeminent venue for the sale of 20th and 21st century art and design at auction.

31 years

100+ auctions

31,000+ lots

$155+ million in sales

Global art and design, served with California cool.

As the first auction house to specialize in 20th century art and design, LAMA played, and continues to play, an integral role in establishing the market for some of today’s most celebrated artists and designers. Our experienced and energetic team works with buyers and sellers alike to present vetted works and to help grow private and institutional collections, no matter the size.


LA Modern Auctions was founded in 1992 by curator and trusted consultant Peter Loughrey and was the first auction house to specialize in 20th century modern art and design. Together, Peter and Shannon Loughrey quickly established their firm as a trusted authority in the fields of art and design by offering quality, vetted material at a variety of price points. Over the past two decades, LAMA has successfully expanded to include artists and designers of international origins but continues to specialize in works from creators and movements rooted in California.

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The LAMA offices and showroom are located in the San Fernando Valley just a short drive from Beverly Hills and less than an hour from downtown Los Angeles. In true Hollywood style, the high-ceilinged, 12,000 square foot building was formerly home to the special effects studio that created the Terminator, Jurassic Park’s iconic T-rex onsite, and Iron Man to name a few. Today our knowledgeable team warmly welcomes consignors and collectors of all stripes to visit, view works, and join the excitement on auction day!

Rago and Wright joined forces in 2019 with a vision of uniting the strongest independent auction houses. In 2021, LA Modern Auctions (LAMA) was added to the Rago/Wright brand expanding our national presence in the modern market and the following year Toomey & Co. joined the firm extending our reach across 20th century design. With an expanded database and shared web platform, Rago/Wright is a company with $100+ million in annual sales, a team of 100, and more than one century of combined experience. 

With a national coast-to-coast presence, shared clientele, technology, innovation and creativity, alongside expertise and shared passion, we are better situated to serve our clients—buyers and sellers alike. Together, we maintain a compelling and original voice in the worlds of art and design while providing bespoke presentations and quality, personalized service.