December 7, 2008

MODERN ART & DESIGN AUCTION

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Lot 140: Frank Lloyd Wright

Lot 140: Frank Lloyd Wright

Concrete block from the Imperial Hotel (Tokyo, Japan)

1915
Cast concrete
8'' x 8''
A testament to Wright's engineering, in the great "Kanto" earthquake of 1923, the Imperial Hotel was the only building standing for many blocks. The hotel was later torn down in 1968 as land in Tokyo rapidly increased in value. Artifacts from the commission are very scarce.
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $10,200
Inventory Id: 5913

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