Spend the Night in Edward Hopper's Bedroom

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Edward Hopper was born in Nyack, New York, in a two-story Greek Revival home with sweeping views of the Hudson River. Today, the house is a museum dedicated to his life and work—but for one night, the artist’s bedroom will be transformed into a guest lodging for two art enthusiasts, Artnet News reports.

The Edward Hopper House Art Center is auctioning off an overnight stay in the room as part of its new exhibition, “Edward Hopper’s Bedroom Reimagined,” which opened earlier this month. The museum hired an interior designer and architect to restore Hopper’s bedroom to its original appearance, based on early drawings and paintings of the space. The show will run through May 2017, but until October 15, 2016, fans of the modernist painter can bid online for one night’s stay (for two) between February 1 and May 31, 2017. (The auction will culminate with a live, invite-only event on October 16.) Proceeds will fund local arts education initiatives and student studio space at the Hopper House.

The views of the Hudson from his childhood home inspired the budding artist, who devoted much of his time to sketching the boats, shipyards, and docks that dotted its banks. The house’s top floor was rented out during the 1970s, but nobody has stayed in the lodging overnight since then.

In addition to getting the once-in-a-lifetime chance to sleep in Hopper’s original bed (well, the frame, anyway), the auction’s winners will be provided with breakfast and dinner for two at a local restaurant. But like most extraordinary experiences, this one doesn't come cheap: As of Friday, October 7, the highest bid was $650. For more information, visit the Hopper House’s website, or view some pictures of the room below.

All photos courtesy of Facebook//Edward Hopper House Art Center.

[h/t Artnet News]

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