LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The famed Los Angeles Playboy mansion belonging to Hugh Hefner, founder of the Playboy empire, has been sold for US$100 million (S$134 million), and Mr Hefner, 90, will live in the mansion for the rest of his life, a representative for the buyer said in a news release on Tuesday (Aug 16).
The property was bought by Mr Daren Metropoulos, a principal at private equity firm Metropoulos & Co, for half of the US$200 million it was initially listed for earlier this year.
Mr Metropoulos said Mr Hefner's 1927 Gothic Tudor-style mansion, which has an area of 20,000 sq ft (1,858 sq m), had a "rich and storied legacy" and is a "masterpiece in design".
Mr Hefner and Playboy Enterprises did not comment on the sale.
The property, which was purchased by Playboy in 1971 for a reported US$1.1 million, sits amid 2ha in Holmby Hills, west of Los Angeles, and includes 29 rooms, a tennis court and a free-form swimming pool - and has a zoo licence.
It is home to the famous Playboy grotto, which over the years served as the setting for some of Mr Hefner's most lavish, hedonistic parties.
The news release said that after Mr Hefner's tenancy concludes, Metropoulos plans to reconnect the Playboy Mansion property with a neighboring estate that he purchased in 2009, combining the two for a 3ha compound as his own private residence.