Frank Lloyd Wright Auction — Sturges House Plus Remarkable Modern Art

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If you’d like to own a true Frank Lloyd Wright house that is so iconic it’s being sold at an art auction, hurry and huddle those Benjamins, because on February 21st, Brentwood’s famed George D. Sturges House will be put on the block by Los Angeles Modern Auctions, and it’s expected to go for between $2,500,000–3,000,000!

That might sound like a pittance for the property, but keep in mind that “The condition of the house is not great, it needs a lot of work,” commented Los Angeles Modern Auction owner Peter Loughry in an interview with Art + Auction.

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The home was designed in 1939 by Wright for a Lockheed engineer, and the construction was overseen by famed architect John Lautner. When Jack Larson (Jimmy Olsen in the 1950s Adventures of Superman TV show) and his partner James Bridges (director of  Paperchase and Urban Cowboy), bought the house 1967, they hired Lautner to restore it. “It now needs to be restored again,” said Loughry, “but the good news is that it has all the right things wrong with it. It needs decisions to be made by somebody like a Lautner.”

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The home itself consists of two bedrooms and one bath — it’s a relatively small Usonian-style structure — totaling 1,123 square feet. But it has a large, 21-foot wraparound deck and an open floor plan that makes it seem much more spacious than its square footage would imply. In addition, there’s a roof terrace with ocean views and a downstairs bonus space. The auction will include two plots of land totaling 17,000 square feet.

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Frank Lloyd Wright Auction -- Sturges House Plus Remarkable Modern Art Andy-WarholFrank Lloyd Wright Auction -- Sturges House Plus Remarkable Modern Art David-HockneyBut the auction also includes remarkable art work and furnishings; 75 lots of the couple’s belongings, including original furnishings by Frank Lloyd Wright, fine art, decorative art and design collected by Larson and Bridges over their lifetimes. Highlights of their art collection include original works–many of which were gifts from the artists themselves–by David Hockney, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Roy Lichtenstein, Charles and Ray Eames and others. There really are some remarkable pieces. Check them out here.

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Larson passed away in September 2015 and designated that proceeds from the auction of the house and collection should benefit the Bridges/Larson Foundation, founded by the couple, to be used for charitable, scientific, literary, and educational purposes.

All Sturges House photos via of TopTenRealEstateDeals.com.

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Lisa Johnson Mandell is an award winning journalist, author and film/TV critic. She can be heard regularly on Cumulus radio stations throughout the US, and on BBC Radio.

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