Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) has been in the game since 1992, but its upcoming auction, slated for Sunday, February 21 (16145 Hart St., Van Nuys), will be a particularly exciting one featuring the spectacular Frank Lloyd Wright-designed George D. Sturges house.
Frank Lloyd Wright's George D. Sturges House in Brentwood.
The George D. Sturges property in Brentwood built by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1939—formerly owned by actor Jack Larson and his partner, film director James Bridges—is a historic monument in Los Angeles that hasn’t been on the market for almost 50 years. Larson and Bridges’ rare art collection will also be up for sale, along with original furnishings designed by Wright specifically for the house.
Ahead of the auction, benefiting The Bridges/Larson Foundation, we chatted with LAMA founders Peter and Shannon Loughrey to learn more about the extraordinary property and art collection. Here, they provide seven juicy details that will make you want to attend the auction this weekend.
This is the First Time LA Modern Will Auction a Real Estate Property
“We were completely blown away with the architecture, the design, and the story of the ownership from the 30's to the current owner who had just passed away,” Shannon says of the decision to include the house in the upcoming auction.
“We’ve always felt that Frank Lloyd Wright deserves that mythic position in American architecture,” Peter adds. “The first piece we ever auctioned was a Frank Lloyd Wright piece, so it’s something that is very closely associated with our brand.”
The House’s Original Design Remains Intact
“It’s really wonderful because nothing dramatic has ever been done to it,” Peter says of the house. “It’s essentially the same house from 1939. So, if the next owner is as sensitive as the last several owners, I think the house will continue to be a landmark.”
The auction includes Frank Lloyd Wright-designed furniture as well as art pieces from the likes of Andy Warhol, Alex Katz, and David Hockney.
Unlike Other Frank Lloyd Wright Homes, it is Comfortably Livable
“Frank Lloyd Wright houses are notoriously difficult to live in,” Peter says. “There’s only been a few owners of this house since 1939 and all of them had meaningful relationships with the property.”
The Home is the Perfect Size
“My favorite thing about the house is the jewel-like size,” Shannon says. “The way the architecture comes together with this space—it’s just perfectly proportioned.”
Alex Katz's Here's to You, 1962 hangs behind a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed origami lounge chair and floor lamp.
The Home is Ideal for Art Enthusiasts
“The types of owners have always been somebody who has had a profound respect for the arts,” Peter says of the ideal buyer. “I think it’s going to take a sort of artistic type of person to want to live in this environment.”
The Stunning Cantilevered Deck Makes You Feel Like You’re Floating
“Standing out on that deck sort of three or four stories up above the road, you really feel like your floating," says Peter. "I think that’s my personal favorite part of the experience of the house.”
David Hockney's Sun (from Weather Series), 1973.
The Art Collection Includes Rare and Early Works by Andy Warhol and David Hockney
“The art was mostly collected in a very organic way.” Peter says. “[Larson and Bridges] had relationships with friends who happen to be artists like Alex Katz, Andy Warhol, and David Hockney. For example, most of the Hockney pieces in their collection were just gifts from David Hockney. He would come and stay with them, and he would make drawings of them. Many of these artists, they knew before they were well known. So their collection was really things that they just happened to save as commemorations of their friendships with these artists.