It was only a few months back that Playboy announced they would no longer be publishing nude photos, and every man poured one out for the part of their childhood they could never get back. Now another blow was dealt to our souls as we learn that publisher Hugh Hefner is gearing up to sell the iconic Playboy mansion.
The 22-room, 21,987-square-foot mansion sits on a 6-acre Beverly Hills estate. Designed by Arthur R. Kelly (not the one in the closet) in 1927 and acquired by Playboy in 1971 for a modest $1.1 million, and as they say, the rest is history. The Playboy mansion always had a certain patina to it. There was an allure to the place that brought out Hollywood’s biggest celebs and of course the most beautiful women on the planet. And every man always dreamed to step foot on that magical property.
According to TMZ, Hef is putting it on the market for upwards of $200 million, although many expect it will actually sell for about half that much. Much of the house is outdated and is rumored to be in need of serious repairs.
There are several strings attached to the purchase of the estate. Apparently, whoever buys it will be required to give Hugh Hefner a life estate, meaning he can continue to live in the mansion until he dies. Also, we’re told prospective buyers can tour the property but one area is off limits … Hef’s bedroom. Respect.
So let’s take a quick look back at the Mansion through all the years…