Neighbour takes over Playboy mansion

LOS ANGELES • Now that Playboy founder Hugh Hefner has been laid to rest in a private ceremony, questions have arisen over who will get control of the Playboy Mansion.

According to trade publication Variety, the property will now be handed over to neighbour Daren Metropoulos.

The businessman had paid US$100 million (S$136 million) for the house last year. It was originally listed at US$200 million.

The sale had come with one condition - Hefner had the right to stay there until his death.

The funeral service for Hefner, who died at 91, was held last Saturday at the Westwood Village Memorial Park. It was attended by his wife, four children and some of his closest staff members.

Hefner's crypt is next to that of Marilyn Monroe, whose nude photo he had used to help launch his magazine in 1953.

The cemetery is also the burial ground for other stars, including singer Dean Martin, actresses Natalie Wood and Farrah Fawcett and author Truman Capote.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 03, 2017, with the headline 'Neighbour takes over Playboy mansion'. Print Edition | Subscribe