Play­boy man­sion con­tent sale

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - The Market -

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

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