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1919 Frank Lloyd Wright Autograph Letter To His Mistress

Starting Bid - $1,500.00, Sold For - $2,900.00

Presented is a brilliant, revealing and very personal one-page autograph letter by Frank Lloyd Wright, signed "Frank," measuring 7.5 x 10.25 inches, dated 1919. He writes to his then mistress and later second wife, Miriam Noel. In this letter he is writing from Ikao, Japan, during his seven year stay after he received a 1914 commission to design and build the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. "Miriam dearest: I have gone to 'keep my eye off the other fellow'. It will [be] a hard work for me! against my grain but I know how to concentrate and to hope. I shall write Drynska that I realize I need look nowhere for causes for your condition except in my own chicanery jealousies and suspicions. I will write Wigginture the same. Mogind also - although that has already been done - I had already written Sherman Booth in my 1st letter to him that 'you had made me a better, straighter man and a dirty job you had had of it.' Read your Science in this ideal cool healing spot of earth. I will be doing the same for my life! Do not despair - god is, you know and outcasts though we are and sinful as I am he knows and is kind - because he is good - 'The work of Frank Lloyd Wright' has a new and sinister look to me now. I shall wince when I see it on the drawings and books - I shall think of that other work to be attributed to that same name - with perfect truth - god bless you - my dear - I needed you so much more than you needed me - I know now what I - what is me in human sense has done - Frank." Miriam Noel first met Wright after a great tragedy in his life. On August 14, 1914 a recently hired chef at his home at Taliesin, Wisconsin, inexplicably locked all but one door and set the house ablaze. As his then mistress, Mamah, her two children and two others attempted to flee out the one unlocked door, Chef Julian Carleton axed each of them to death. Wright was devastated and coped by burying himself in his work, completing drawings for the Midway Garden commission in Chicago and beginning to rebuild Taliesin. During this period, Wright received numerous letters of condolence from both friends and strangers. One of them was Miriam Noel, a self-proclaimed sculptor who claimed to understand what he was going through. Soon after they met, Wright asked her to live with him at Taliesin. Upon his return to the United States in 1922, he finally reached a divorce settlement with this then wife Catherine, marrying Miriam in 1923. By 1924, however, the troubled Miriam left Wright. The letter is very boldly written on the stationery of the Ikao Hotel. His signature has a slight smudge, otherwise signature and all writing is essentially flawless ("10"), including the "Frank Lloyd Wright" full name signature which appears in the body of the letter. This is one of the best Frank Lloyd Wright letters in existence. Normal mailing folds. In overall Excellent condition. Beautifully matted and framed with a photograph of Wright to total dimensions of 28 x 17.5 inches. LOA from James Spence, Steve Grad & John Reznikoff/PSA DNA. Reserve $1,500. Estimate $2,500/$5,000. SOLD FOR $2,900.00


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