Good luck and keep in touch, Brody. The Holmby Hills house, commissioned in 1949 by philanthropists Sidney and Frances Lasker Brody and occupied by Frances until her death last year, sold this week for $14.888 million. Proceeds will go to the Huntington Library. The Brody House was known for its art (its former ward, Picasso's "Nude, Green Leaves and Bust," sold in May for $106.5 million), and for being the Playboy Mansion's classy neighbor (we bet it was too polite even to click its tongue at the Tudor gaucheness going on over the hedge).
That sale price is quite a drop from the original asking price of $24.95 million, and less even than the Brody's much smaller fraternal twin, Gary Cooper's house, sold for in September. Both Holmby Hills houses have architecture by A. Quincy Jones, interiors by Billy Haines, and landscaping by Garrett Eckbo, but Cooper's house is about half the square footage at 5,700 square feet. It sold to art dealer Larry Gagosian for a recorded price of $15.5 million.
According to the LA Times, Brody's buyer is a "local investor who plans to restore and enhance the property." If anyone knows who this "local investor" is or just what "enhance" is supposed to mean in this context, let us know.
· Brody House Archives [Curbed LA]
· Frances Brody estate sells for $14.8 million [LAT]