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MIES' MASTERPIECE FOR SALE

Mies van der Rohe's masterpiece Farnsworth House in Illinois is up for sale to the highest bidder - again. Attorney general Lisa Madigan has blocked the state's purchase of the building, considered to be one of the most important domestic structures of the post-war era.Following the decision, its current owner, Lord Palumbo, announced that he has no interest in retaining Farnsworth and is keen to offload it as soon as possible.Plans had been under way - backed by Illinois' former governor Jim Ryan - for the £7 million purchase of the site, keeping the building out of private hands and allowing it to remain open to the public.Campaigners are now concerned it may be sold to a 'private collector'with plans to dismantle it and rebuild it elsewhere.

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