NEW YORK — Hugh Hefner’s notorious Playboy Mansion is reportedly available up for sale for $200 million, however the purchaser will need to allow the magazine publisher to live there until he dies, US media said.
The home of Playboy magazine and its founder will be listed within the next month, celebrity website TMZ reported.
Playboy Enterprises is seeking upwards of $200 million, but TMZ, citing real-estate sources in the area of Holmby Hills — close to Beverly Hills — said the mansion was more likely to go for between $80 million and $90 million.
Prospective buyers can tour the sprawling property, reputedly host to some of America’s most raucous parties, but Mr Hefner’s bedroom is off-limits, TMZ said.
Playboy Magazine owner Hugh Hefner gets a kiss from fiancee Crystal Harris
It also said that the sale comes with a major catch — whoever buys it must give Hefner a life estate, meaning he can continue to live in the mansion until he dies.
Forbes magazine describes the mansion as “Gothic/Tudor” and said its amenities include three zoo and aviary buildings, a pet cemetery, a tennis court, waterfall, pool and basketball court.
Numerous visitors to the house have described it as being in a state of disrepair.
Playboy Enterprises did not immediately comment when contacted by AFP.
Former French leader Sarkozy held over Libyan funding inquiry
PARIS — Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was held in custody on Tuesday and questioned by magistrates investigating whether late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi helped finance his 2007 election campaign, an official in the French judiciary said.
It is the second major judicial investigation to fall on the 63-year-old, who served as president from 2007-2012. He already faces trial on separate charges of illicit spending overruns during his failed re-election campaign in 2012.
A lawyer for Sarkozy could not immediately be reached for comment. The former president has dismissed the Libya allegations as “grotesque” and a ‘crude manipulation’.
France opened an inquiry into the Libya case in 2013, after reports by French website Mediapart based on claims by a Franco-Lebanese businessman, Ziad Takieddine, who said he had transferred 5 million euros ($6 million) from Gaddafi’s former intelligence chief Abdullah Senussi to Sarkozy’s campaign director.
Months after he took office in 2007, the French leader came in for criticism for hosting a state visit by Gaddafi during which the Libyan leader pitched his trademark Bedouin-style tent next to the Elysee Palace.
Gaddafi’s first visit to a Western leader in decades, which was accompanied by the signing of several business deals, came after Sarkozy helped get five Bulgarian nurses accused of infecting children with HIV released from jail in Libya.
Sarkozy was later one of the chief advocates of a NATO-led military campaign that resulted in Gaddafi’s overthrow and killing at the hands of rebel forces in 2011.
French judicial procedure allows for investigators to hold a person for questioning for up to 48 hours, after which the magistrates must say whether they have grounds for turning a preliminary inquiry into a full investigation.Follow @gorkhapost