Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Be A Modern Architect . . .

10/18/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

How do we place a value on two similar works of art?

This week, Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House is still flooded


and they're desperately seeking funds to restore and reopen this masterpiece. The National Trust and Landmarks Illinois would love it if you could please send even $25.

On Monday, at Sotheby's, a version of a Damien Hirst shark


sold for $17 million dollars.

What's wrong with this picture? Which one do you think is worth more?

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