The Playboy Mansion, famous for its wild parties and Playboy Bunnies, has been put on the market with an eye-watering price tag of £138 million ($200m), however, there is a catch.
One condition of the sale is that the founder of Playboy, Hugh Hefner, would be allowed to stay in the mansion which has been his home for 45 years.
Chief Executive of Playboy, Scott Flanders said in a statement:
“The Playboy Mansion has been a creative centre for Hef as his residence and workplace… as it will continue to be if the property is sold.”
Despite the five-acre property consisting of 29 rooms, a wine cellar and a home theatre, experts believe that for the mansion to match the current high end properties in Beverley Hills it would need some major upgrades.
There are, as is to be expected, a number of attractive perks that would come with the purchase. As well as getting a property with a rich history, swimming pool and famous cave-like grotto, the buyers would own a house that homes a variety of different species.
Because of a rare zoo licence, the mansion is home to monkeys, cockatoos, peacocks, African cranes, parrots, toucans and pelicans – all of which the future owner could keep.
The proposed sale comes amidst a number of changes Playboy have made since the popularity of printed nude pictures has declined in recent years, with content being readily available online. As a result, the magazine announced last year that it would no longer publish completely nude photos of women in its US edition.
Quite the opportunity then – a huge piece of real estate, a significant chunk of entertainment history … and a somewhat eccentric resident into the bargain.
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