Playboy mansion content sale
Irishman Martin Nolan will this week host one of the biggest house clearance auctions in Los Angeles history when the contents of Hugh Hefner’s fabled Playboy Mansion go on sale.
The Athlone-born executive director at Julien’s Auctions has spent more than a year overseeing the decluttering of one of the city of angels premier properties. Nolan and a staff of 25, completed the monumental task of cataloguing more than 8,000 items from the Gothic Tudor property, which stretches to almost 15,000 sq feet and sits on five acres including a four-bed guesthouse and infamous swimming pool and grotto.
The house sold in 2016 for $100million by Playboy Enterprises, with a condition that Hefner could live out his days there. He died in September 2017. The sale includes a highly eclectic array of lifestyle ephemera, memorabilia, Playboy Mansion decorative arts and more. Hef’s famous silk pyjamas are available to buy in every colour (from $2,000), velvet monogrammed slippers by Dunhill and silk damask smoking jackets, one in crimson red ($5,000). “All are great conversation pieces,” Nolan says.
The auctioneer’s favourite lot is the publisher cum editor at large’s Underwood typewriter from his college days, with a pre-sale estimate of US$500. Other lots of interest include Hef’s own first issue of Playboy with Marilyn Monroe on the cover, ($5,000) or a leather-bound bible, with Hef’s name imprinted in gold lettering ($400)
The viewing opened last night with, of course, a glitzy red carpet event. Dress: cocktail attire. Hef would have approved.
All proceeds go to the Hugh M Hefner Foundation, which supports civil rights, LGBT an sexual freedom causes. juliensauctions.com