Here’s your chance to own a piece of design history—Sotheby’s will auction the Paul Rudolph–designed gem on December 12.
Sotheby’s is set to auction the Walker Guest House—alongside other design masterpieces—and it’s expected to sell for anywhere from $700,000 to $1 million. The home, commissioned by the Walker family in 1952, comes complete with original furnishings designed and selected by Rudolph.
The Guest House was up for grabs earlier this year, when it was bundled with the Walker family’s entire beachfront Florida estate. The one-and-three-quarter-acre plot with a three-bedroom main house asked $6.79 million. The Guest House is now being offered à la carte, and it will be relocated after it is purchased.
“[The Walker Guest House] will almost surely leave Sanibel Island, but the trade-off will be knowing that one of the most important designs by one of the 20th century’s most important architects—one that, by its nature, is not specific to its site, and could be set down almost anywhere—will be preserved,” says Pulitzer Prize–winning architecture critic Paul Goldberger.
The building’s adaptiveness is a result of Rudolph’s characteristic simplicity. The 576-square-foot wood-and-glass home is essentially an airy, lightweight box that rests gently on a raised platform in the sand.
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