The iconic Francis W. Little House and its furnishings embody Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie Style of design and architecture. Recently, a ceiling light from the Francis W. Little House sold for a whopping $2.9 million. Designed in 1902-1903 as an exemplary example of modern American architecture, the Little House boasted walled terraces and projecting eaves. A highlight of the house was the Ceiling Light which looked captivating owing to a pleasing intersection of cubes.
Four thin stems of bronze suspend this geometric construction of iridized and dazzling glass. The horizontal plane of glass features eye-catching geometric patterns flaunting rainbow-colored square tiles creating a kaleidoscopic effect. Only two of these ceiling lights were ever made for the Little House. The other twin is in the collections of the Saint Louis Art Museum.
Sotheby’s shared the auction update for its sale, ‘This ceiling light from the Francis W. Little House sold for $2.9 million after a heated bidding battle!’ With such an enormous cost, the ceiling light is still not the most expensive to be sold at auction. That record is held by the Givenchy Royal Hanover German Silver Eight-Light Chandelier auctioned for $9 million in 2011.