A set of 12 original blueprints for Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater have turned up at an auction house in Guernsey
The drawings have travelled from where they were discovered in Long Island to the Channel Islands and have been put up for sale by PFC Auctions with the opening bid at £8,000 and just under two weeks to go until the auction’s end.
The blueprints are accompanied by a letter from architect Arthur Hennighausen which reads: ‘The shop drawings of the “Falling Water” steel sash were given to me as a professional courtesy at my architectural office in Waukegan, Illinois by JD Graff who, at that time, was sales representative for Hope Windows. This was in the spring of 1938. No record was kept to further identify the time or place.’
Although the name F.L. Wright has been pencilled on the back of one of the blueprints, the auction house cannot confirm ‘if this is in the famous architect’s hand’.
Any potential buyer will hope to avoid a bidding war and a wallet-busting hike in cost akin to that experienced by 1930s house itself. According to rumour the house, which Wright initially estimated would cost $30,000 to build, went more than 500 per cent over budget - more than £20 million in today’s money.