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A Frank Lloyd Wright home in Phoenix has sold for $7.25 million

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The new buyers have agreed to restore the home. Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) — A Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home in Phoenix has sold more than $7 million.

The Arizona Republic reported Monday that the David and Gladys Wright House sold for $7.25 million. The group of buyers include businessman Jim Benson and architect Bing Hu, who apprenticed at Wright’s Taliesin West school in nearby Scottsdale.

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The home was built in 1952. —Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty says the sale went through after the buyers said they intended to preserve and restore the house. Bob Hassett, a Sotheby’s agent, said several offers in the past few years were rejected because the buyers wanted to tear it down.

Built in 1952, Wright designed the home for his son and daughter-in-law. David and Gladys Wright lived on the then-10-acre property in Phoenix’s Arcadia neighborhood until they died in 1997 and 2008, respectively. Family members sold the house after Gladys Wright’s passing.

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The master bedroom of a Phoenix home designed by noted architect Frank Lloyd Wright. —Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press

A developer bought the house in 2012 with plans to tear it down. Their plans immediately drew an outcry from architects and historical-preservation advocates. It was spared the wrecking ball when another developer bought it with the intent of preserving it.

But the new owner’s proposal to expand the home with a garden pavilion and underground museum failed to be realized, partly due to opposition from surrounding residents.

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