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Former Danny Thomas estate in Beverly Hills sells for $65M

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The buyer’s brother is the new owner of the Playboy Mansion

The palatial Beverly Hills estate built by late comedian Danny Thomas in 1970, has sold for $65 million, reports the Wall Street Journal.

The Journal says the house is under contract with Evan Metropoulos, the brother of Daren Metropoulos, who bought the Playboy Mansion in August for $100 million. The two brothers work for the family business, Metropoulos & Co., which counts Hostess Brands among its holdings.

The $65 million sale price is substantial, but significantly less than the $135-million asking price the house had when it came on the market in 2015.

The house has been described as having a "Moorish design," and features gold-leafed ceilings, a ballroom, arched windows, a ballroom, frescoes, ten bathrooms, and elaborate tile-work throughout. Positioned on an outcropping, it has unobstructed city views.

Thomas bought the approximately 2.5-acre property in the 1960s, and built the 18,000-square-foot residence later. It remained in the Thomas family until 2000, when his family, including his daughter, actress Marlo Thomas, sold it for $15 million to a mysterious buyer, “whose identity couldn’t be determined,” says the Journal. That owner remodeled the entire house, adding, among other things, $2.5 million worth of Baccarat crystal chandeliers and handmade carpets.

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