Richard Neutra’s Kaufmann House will be selling by auction on May 13th, 2008 through Christie’s Realty in New York. It’s estimated to sell for $15-$25 million.
This home is gorgeous and an inspiration to hundreds of architects and lovers of mid-century modern homes. We wish the same energies and focus could be put into Neutra’s own home.
From the Christie’s website.
Richard Neutra’s iconic Kaufmann House in Palm Springs, California, a masterpiece of Post-War art and architecture, was designed and created between 1946 and 1947 as a winter desert retreat for Pittsburgh department store owner Edgar J. Kaufmann. Kaufmann also commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous Fallingwater, his weekend home near Pittsburgh.
Along with Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House and Philip Johnson’s Glass House, Neutra’s Kaufmann House is one of the most important and influential examples of 20th century art and architecture in the Americas. It represents the purest realization of Neutra’s Modernist ideals: its organic spaces and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass walls seamlessly connecting man and nature, the inside and outside worlds. The house remains singular as the most important example of mid-century modernist architecture in the Americas to remain in private hands. Estimate: $15,000,000-25,000,000.
The Kaufmann house was recently featured in the Spring 2008 J. Crew catalog.