The Conservancy had a representative in attendance at the auction of Wright’s George D. Sturges House (1939) in Los Angeles Sunday, Feb. 22, 2016, when the auctioneer from Los Angeles Modern Auctions announced that the house had been withdrawn from the sale. Although the Realtor had received “a thousand inquiries from around the world,” they said, there wasn’t a qualified bidder to purchase and restore the property.
Much of the furniture and dishes from the property were sold in the auction, including two Origami lounge chairs based on a model by Wright and made under the supervision of John Lautner around 1965, which sold for $16,000 each. Much of the furniture was not original to the house when occupied by the Sturges family. The house had been sent to auction to benefit the nonprofit Bridges/Larson Foundation, which was established by the house’s last owner, actor Jack Larson, and honoring his late partner, director James Bridges. Larson, a Conservancy member for many years, died in September. We will continue to monitor the efforts to find a new owner for this unique L.A. work.
Posted on February 22, 2016