Playboy Mansion. Those words conjure up a number of images for anyone over the age of 20: fancy parties, lots of beautiful women, movie stars, and wealth beyond imagination. And now the iconic mansion is up for sale for the whopping price of $200 million. People reports that although Hugh Hefner is selling the Playboy Mansion, he still intends to live there. Scott Flanders, CEO of Playboy Enterprises, said it’s the right time to sell.
“This is the right time to seek a buyer for this incredible property who understands the role the Mansion has played for our brand and enables us to continue to reinvest in the transformation of our business. The Playboy Mansion has been a creative center for Hef as his residence and workplace for the past 40 years, as it will continue to be if the property is sold.”
Hugh Hefner is now 89-years-old, and has worked and lived in the Playboy Mansion for so long that it is a stipulation of the sale of the mansion that he keeps living there. News of the sale has spread across Twitter.
Playboy Mansion Listed For $200M In West LA; Hugh Hefner Wants To Stay Put https://t.co/X1oK2pZh9e
— Los Angeles News (@LA_Trends) January 11, 2016
— charles i. letbetter (@charlesletbette) January 11, 2016
But even though the Playboy Mansion has always offered up the image of glamor and prestige for the Playboy Bunnies that have lived there over the decades, some of the women who have lived in the Playboy Mansion have revealed it wasn’t all that wonderful.
Cosmopolitan reports that many women have spoken negatively about life in the Playboy Mansion. Izabella St. James wrote in her book, Bunny Tales: Behind Closed Doors at Playboy Mansion, that Hugh Hefner used their allowance to control them.
“Every Friday morning we had to go to Hef’s room, wait while he picked up all the dog poo off the carpet — and then ask for our allowance: a thousand dollars counted out in crisp hundred-dollar bills from a safe in one of his bookcases. We all hated this process. Hef would always use the occasion to bring up anything he wasn’t happy about in the relationship. Most of the complaints were about the lack of harmony among the girlfriends — or your lack of sexual participation in the ‘parties’ he held in his bedroom. If we’d been out of town for any reason and missed one of the official ‘going out’ nights [when Hefner liked to parade his girls at nightclubs] he wouldn’t want to give us the allowance. He used it as a weapon.”
St. James also wrote about the conditions in the girls’ rooms.
“Although we all did our best to decorate our rooms and make them homey, the mattresses on our beds were disgusting — old, worn and stained. The sheets were past their best too.”
Holly Madison, in her book, Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny, talked about how the big metal gate made her feel.
“Everyone thinks that the infamous metal gate was meant to keep people out. But I grew to feel it was meant to lock me in.”
Holly Madison went on to give interviews about life in the Playboy Mansion after the release of her book.
Apparently, according to Entertainment Weekly, one of the few things about what went on at the Playboy Mansion that can be refuted is the claim that Bill Cosby drugged and raped a model at a party there in 1965.
“We are satisfied that the Los Angeles DA’s Office fully and fairly evaluated all the facts and evidence, and came to the right conclusion.”
Whether or not Hugh Hefner continues to live in the Playboy Mansion, it will always remain a significant part of 20th century history.
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