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Frank Lloyd Wright 'Bootleg' Asking $1.4 Million (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 12/06/11 03:34 PM ET   Updated: 12/06/11 06:14 PM ET

How can a nine-room house with only one bathroom earn a price tag of over $1 million? It helps if it was covertly designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and marked a transition in the famous architect's design career.

Built in 1892, the Robert G. Emmond House, located at 109 S. 8th St. in La Grange, is considered one of Wright's 'bootleg' homes because it was built in violation of Wright's then-contract with a Chicago-based firm, according to the Daily Mail. The Emmond House is believed to be one of eight peripheral constructions designed on the side while Wright was employed at the Adler Sullivan firm.

The home was restored by its previous owners, who filled it with warm, neutral tones that would become part of Wright's signature, nature-inspired Prairie style that he developed in the 1900s. The kitchen, bath and two gas fireplaces were renovated to be more historically accurate, according to the listing.

The Emmond house has five bedrooms including a master bedroom, a two-car garage and full basement, and sits on a large, professionally-landscaped property in the historic district of La Grange. Historic Homes Real Estate Brokerage is asking $1,445,000.

Is this bootleg worth the sticker price? Take a look and decide:

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