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..it didn’t seem like a house for children. But stories started to emerge. The floors were a beautiful travertine and terrazzo, preserved by having tour guests walk only on carpeted runners. Yet children being children, the floors weren’t always treated with this respect. The children roller skated on it. Gasp.

And before the house was given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art for preservation, a painting hung by the dining table, a painting that the children used to bounce balls off of. A painting of water lilies. Yes, those water lilies. By Monet. A painting that later fetched nearly $81 million at an auction. They bounced balls off of it. Double gasp.



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