Peter Lik’s Maui island retreat. Photo: Dino Tassara. Aussie snapper Peter Lik. Photo: Bagima at wikipedia
Peter Lik’s record-breaking image, “Phantom” which sold for US$6.5 million last year. Photo: Peter Lik
Aussie photographer Peter Lik has listed his Hawaiian estate for $US19.8 million ($25.5 million).
The Melbourne-born 55-year-old bought the idyllic 2.6-hectare site in 2013 for $US9.7 million from tech-industry entrepreneur Bill Nguyen.
On a west Maui island promontory in the Kapalua Resort, the sprawling 370-square-metre home is laid out in three pavilions. It overlooks Mokuleia Bay and the surf break at Honolua Bay.
Mr Lik has since spent about $US3 million in updating the Olson Kundig Architects-designed home which features sliding cedar and rammed earth walls and cedar ceilings.
It has three bedrooms and three bathrooms. Living areas feature hydraulically operated glass panels designed to allow easy indoor-outdoor living.
Mr Lik moved from Australia to Las Vegas in 1994. He bought in the Kapalua Resort as a getaway, for its access to golf courses and its serenity but has decided to sell, citing frequent travel commitments.
According to his Sotheby’s International listing agents, Mr Lik will miss the privacy, natural ambience and the sound of whales breaching the water.
“You [just] want to have a glass of wine with your mate,” on the property, he said.
Last year the acclaimed landscape photographer made news when his black and white photograph, Phantom, sold for $US6.5 million – a world record for photography. The image was taken in a subterranean canyon in Arizona, one of his favourite sites.
Mr Lik took his first photograph in 1967 using a Kodak Brownie box camera – a birthday present from his Czech-born parents. He travelled across America during 1984 and developed his passion for panoramic landscape photography.
He opened his first gallery in Cairns in 1997 and his first US gallery in Hawaii in 2003. He now has galleries across the US, including ones in Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, and the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan.
His business has developed to include coffee-table photography books, postcards and calendars.
In 2010, Mr Lik made news when he sold one of his works, One, for $US1 million.
It comes as no surprise that Mr Lik provided most of the images of his house for the real estate marketing.