The Kaufmann House in Palm Springs is probably one of the most famous homes by Richard Neutra. We've driven by a few times on recent trips to Palm Springs, but it's gated and you can't see much from the street. You'll instantly recognize it from the iconic photo by Julius Shulman from 1947. In the early nineties, it was painstakingly restored by Brent and Beth Harris, with the help of Leo Marmol and Ron Radziner, which then helped spawn the renewed interest in mid-century restoration in Palm Springs that quickly followed and continues through today.
A recent article in the New York Times revealed that the house is now going to be auctioned, due to the Harris' current divorce proceedings. Last week AT:NY did a post on the article. Click here to read it and the comments that followed. The article includes a great slideshow of the current property. It will be interesting to see how much the home ends up going for and who ends up purchasing it, when it goes to Christies in New York in May 08. Check out the NYT article here, and see the slideshow here.
What do you guys think of these homes going up for auction?- or as the article puts it, "...promoting architecture as a collectible art worthy of the same consideration as painting and sculpture..."?
Images by Tim Street-Porter for NYTimes