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You Can Now Buy the Contents of Rogers Brown’s Home at Auction

Objects owned by the Chicago Imagist hit the market.

Roger Brown chair
Photo: Ryan Segedi

Like a real-life Pee-wee’s Playhouse, painter Roger Brown’s home and studio in La Conchita, California, had heaps of pop surrealism packed within its four walls. When he died in 1997, Brown left it all to his alma mater, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, which sold the house a few years ago but has until now held on to its contents. Between 150 and 200 items from the house, where Brown lived the last four years of his life, will be for sale November 15 at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in West Town. “Everything from the furniture to the ceramics to the interesting objects speaks to the intersection of his tastes and where he was living at the time,” says Corbin Horn, the auction house’s furniture curator. One of Horn’s favorite works: a hooked rug featuring a panther (pictured), which has an estimated value of $800 to $1,200. Pair it with a vinyl chaise (pictured, expected to fetch $400 to $600) for your own slice of Brown’s California dream.

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