By Carolyn Todd
Updated January 14, 2015 at 06:22 PM EST
Credit: Doug Pizac/AP

The modest Los Angeles home that Ray Bradbury lived in for more than 50 years before his death in 2012—which sold for an astonishing $1.765 million last spring—is now being torn down.

The Los Angeles Times reports that John King Tarpinian, a fan of the sci-fi writer, visited the Cheviot Hills house this weekend after friends heard rumors it was being destroyed by none other than the buyer, UCLA professor and architect Thom Mayne. According to a post credited to Tarpinian on, the house still contained some of the original touches—decor and furniture—that gave Bradbury’s longtime home its character.

Tarpinian’s post contains some photos of the home mid-demolition. He wrote, “In only one day half of the house was gone.”