Famous Painter's Bedroom Could Be Yours—for a Night

But you'll need at least $700
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 6, 2016 12:57 PM CDT
Famous Painter's Bedroom Could Be Yours—for a Night
Hopper's self-portrait is seen at right.   (Edward Hopper House)

You could be the first person in 40 years to spend a night in the former home of American realist painter Edward Hopper. Edward Hopper House in Nyack, NY—now a museum—is auctioning off a one-night stay in the bedroom where Hopper slept until moving out in 1910 at the age of 28, reports Smithsonian. Thanks to Hopper's own drawings of the room, the space has been restored to look just as it did when Hopper lived there, reports ArtNet News. It includes furniture and decorations from the period—even Hopper's original bed frame, fitted with a new mattress—and views of the Hudson River, which inspired Hopper's focus on boats and seascapes, the museum says.

A live invitation-only auction will be held on Oct. 15, but you can register bids online in advance. The winning bidder—who will be watched by a self-portrait of Hopper painted in 1905-06—will be the first to stay overnight in the home built by Hopper's grandfather since tenants occupied it in the 1970s, per Hyperallergic. As of this writing, a $700 bid would take the cake, with proceeds going to fund a student studio space at the museum as well as arts education at local schools. Don't feel like forking over that much cash? Museum visitors can also go inside the room until the end of May. Naps, however, are discouraged. (A painting said to be by a Renaissance great has just resurfaced.)

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