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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

I Need A Raise.

If you have $25 million you can have the coolest thing in the new J. Crew catalog. It's actually not anything the retailer sells, but the house used as a backdrop for their spring lines photo shoot is up for sale. The Kaufmann House in Palm Springs, California was designed by Richard Neutra and become one of the most defining examples of American Modernism. After its original owner died, the desert oasis fell into decades of decay until eventually being bought by a Wall-street investor and his wife, an architectural history student. After years of restoring it to its original state, the couple is now parting ways with each other, and the house.

Obviously, this isn't something I'm really recommending for anyone to buy, but the sale of the Kaufmann Desert House marks the latest in a growing trend of architecture as art. Christie's in New York is auctioning off the house in May for an estimated $15 million to $25 million. Auctions such as these are rare, but not unheard of, and they continue to define architecture as legitimate an artform as painting or sculpture.

The New York Times link has a great photo slideshow of the house.

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