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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Sturges Residence Goes to Auction to Benefit Foundation

January 5, 2016

For Immediate Release

January 5, 2016

LOS ANGELES, CA Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) is honored to announce that the George D. Sturges Residence, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1939, will be auctioned in the upcoming February 21, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction with a pre-sale estimate of $2,500,000–3,000,000.

The famed house—a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument (officially recognized as no. 577 on May 25, 1993)—will be on the market for the first time in nearly 50 years. Jack Larson and James Bridges, Hollywood luminaries and art patrons, purchased the house in 1967 and commissioned the celebrated modernist architect John Lautner, who supervised its original construction, to restore the structure in 1970.

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Photo Credit: PHOTO © GRANT MUDFORD
Photo Caption: Frank Lloyd Wright’s George D. Sturges Residence, designed 1939,
to be sold at auction to benefit The Bridges/Larson Foundation

The auction will include the 1,200 square foot house, on two plots of land totaling 17,000 square feet, located in the heart of the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles. Separately, the auction will feature 75 lots including original furnishings by Frank Lloyd Wright, fine art, decorative art, and design collected by Larson and Bridges over their lifetimes.

Proceeds from the auction of the house and collection will benefit The Bridges/Larson Foundation, founded by James Bridges and Jack Larson, to be used for charitable, scientific, literary, and educational purposes.

Jack Larson, who passed away in September 2015, is best remembered for portraying the earnest Jimmy Olsen on the 1950s television series Adventures of Superman. His partner, James Bridges, was the much-admired director of such films as Urban Cowboy, The China Syndrome, and The Paper Chase. He was also an Academy Award® nominated screenwriter. This unique couple supported budding artists in the Los Angeles art scene from the early 1960s through 1980s, and through these relationships they organically acquired meaningful paintings, prints, drawings, and sculpture.

Highlights of their art collection include original works–many of which were gifts from the artists themselves–by David Hockney, Andy Warhol, Alex Katz, and others.

This auction marks the first time LAMA will represent a real estate property in a fine art catalogue. Lot number one in LAMA’s first auction in 1992 was a Frank Lloyd Wright window, foreshadowing the boutique auction house’s innate ability to represent the architectural master. Peter Loughrey, founder of LAMA states, “Although there is a precedent for selling architecture in an art auction, rarely has a property of this caliber surfaced. The location, name recognition of Frank Lloyd Wright, and the jewel-box proportions of the house will appeal to a large number of buyers. This is truly an opportunity to live inside a work of art.”

LAMA in cooperation with Sotheby’s International Realty will offer the Frank Lloyd Wright George D. Sturges Residence at a live auction conducted in the LAMA salesroom on February 21, 2016. The winning bidder will sign a purchase agreement with Barry Sloane of Sotheby’s International Realty.

LOT INFORMATION

Frank Lloyd Wright
George D. Sturges Residence
Designed and completed in 1939 in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles, California
Sold to benefit The Bridges/Larson Foundation 

Provenance:
George D. and Selma Sturges
(acquired the land on September 1, 1938)
Edward Scofield (aka: Henry Schwartz)
(acquired from the above on September 11, 1951)
Elaine Pike
(acquired from the above on July 23, 1962)
Paul L. and Madeleine M. Garvin
(acquired from the above on January 16, 1964)
Jack Larson and James Bridges
(acquired from the above on November 1967)

Estimate: $2,500,000 – $3,000,000
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February 21, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction will be conducted at the LAMA showroom: 16145 Hart St. Van Nuys, CA 91406 and will start at 12pm (PT). Auction Preview: February 8–20, 2016; open daily 10am–6pm

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For more information and images, please contact:

Shannon Loughrey, Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)
www.lamodern.com | tel: 323-904-1950 | fax: 323-904-1954 | e-mail: Shannon@lamodern.com

Megan Rupp, JMPR Public Relations
www.jmprpublicrelations.com | Office: 818-992-4353 |
e-mail: Mrupp@jmprpublicrelations.com

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