You know how Frank Lloyd Wright said he became an architect because his mother gave him Froebel blocks to play with as a child? Well, guess what, everybody played with blocks as a child Frank, what else ya got?
Wait, that's not the point. The point is, you--one of you--now has the chance to blow the doors off Mrs. Wright's toys-as-career-destiny jalopy, and you have less than 30 hours to do it.
A limited edition [#37/300!], Lucite model of Herzog & de Meuron's 56 Leonard Street--the tower of super-luxe, glass-box residences that would've changed Tribeca, if only the New York condo market hadn't imploded--is on eBay right. now.
It comes in the mint-condition, original box. It includes a little Anish Kapoor sculpture for the entryway. There's a pair of white gloves, because the whole damn thing comes apart into 58 pieces to facilitate inspiring/megalomaniacal play.
Whether it turns him into a hedge fund manager, an over-leveraged real estate developer, or Swiss starchitect with a flair for the flamboyantly austere, this set of $5000/sf Jenga blocks will shape your kid's future. And you can take that to the bank.
56 Leonard St. Building Model (Herzog & de Meuron), currently $605 +30 s/h, auction ends Mar. 17 [ebay via curbed]
UPDATE: and SOLD! for $1,136.11. Nicely done, starchitect$(*%ers!