UPDATED 10/17/19: The Lykes House in Phoenix, Arizona, considered Wright’s last residential design, has sold for nearly $1.7 million at auction Oct. 16. Heritage Auctions held the auction without a reserve price. Wright created the design for the house just days before his death in 1959. John Rattenbury of Taliesin Associated Architects, Wright’s successor firm, brought the house to completion in 1968.
The Associated Press reports:
Out of nearly 20 bids at a public auction for the Norman Lykes House, the winning bid came from a man who lives out of state, Heritage Auctions told The Associated Press.
He did not wish to be identified but said that he plans to keep the home intact and use it as a vacation home, spokesman Eric Bradley said.
The Phoenix property has been on and off the market over the last few years.
Wright designed the home before his death in April 1959 at age 91. It was commissioned by Norman and Aimee Lykes and last renovated in 1994.
The 3,095-square-foot property in the city’s Biltmore neighborhood has three bedrooms, three baths and is nestled on the edge of a mountain preserve. The buyer also gets all the original mid-century modern furnishings.
Officials with the auction house say they were looking for a bidder who would invest in maintaining the integrity of the home.
Posted on September 27, 2019