LA's richest homebuyers still haven't topped 2011's high ($85 million for Candy Spelling's The Manor), but they're getting there: The most expensive property of 2013 went for $74.5 million (and we heard seller Howard Marks still took a bath on it). A wonderful tipster has kept an eye on the highest-priced sales all year and put together a list of the top 20 sales of 2013, which we've mapped with details and photos below. While there are lots of familiarish names on the list, few real celebs could play in the biggest leagues in 2013 (just Madonna and Jeremy Renner, who's an experienced flipper); the list of buyers and sellers is full of money managers and investors, entertainment execs and independent producers, Northrop Grumman CEOs, Saudi dignitaries, and several children of very rich people (Hey, it's Ross Perot Jr.!). Here's 2012's list for comparison.Read More
Mapping The 20 Biggest LA House Sales Of 2013
Top sale of the year goes to Oaktree Capital Management CEO Howard Marks, who sold his Malibu spread to Oakley founder Jim Jannard.
Producer/studio exec Jerry Weintraub sold his Malibu compound to fashion exec Serge Azria in March.
The king of spec megamansions, Mohamed Hadid, sold his latest to Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva, the daughter of Uzbekistan's oppressive president.
Wealth manager Elliott Broidy sold this house to someone named Fereydoon "Freddy" Mossanen in March.
Producer and property collector Megan Ellison ended the year by buying this supervillainish mansion in Mt. Olympus from tech founder Eddy Aslanian; she also picked up an adjacent empty lot for a total cost of $30 million.
Day Moreno Valley LLC, which appears to be a Chinese-based real estate investor, picked up this place from one Johnny Lopez in November.
News Corp head Rupert Murdoch bought Bel Air's Moraga Vineyards property from ex-Northrop Grumman CEO Tom Jones.
Producer David Zander sold his Pasadena spread (famous as a film location) to a Guang "Geoffrey" Ren.
Another former Northrop Grumman CEO (Kent Kresa) sold his Spanish Colonial to Saudi Arabian construction/real estate/engineering/etc. magnate Abdullah Al-Rushaid.
TV producer Burt Sugarman sold his place in Trousdale Estates to former Saudi Arabian official Mohammed bin Salem al-Marri.
Producer Megan Ellison made the list for the second of the three times when she sold two of her Bird Streets properties to Ashley Tabor, the son of one of Britain's richest men.
Accessories tycoon Bruce Makowsky flipped Martin Lawrence's old house in gated Beverly Park to one of Hungary's richest men, György Gattyán.
Officially, Jeremy Renner's flip partner Kristoffer Winters sold this totally nutso piece of work to British developer Nick Candy, but a rep told us it actually belongs to Nick's brother/partner Christian Candy, so who knows.
Architect Tim Morrison sold this brand new house to something called CapBelAir Estate Inc. (let us know if you know who's behind it).
Guess? cofounder Georges Marciano sold his handsome house (built for Columbia Pictures head Harry Cohn) to superproducer Jerry Bruckheimer.
Here's producer Megan Ellison's third appearance on the list (she also made this list when she bought this house in 2011). She sold this piece of her Bird Streets compound to Gateway cofounder Ted Waitt.
Producer Lawrence Kuppin sold his 1922 house in the Bird Streets to some startup dude Robert Zangrillo.
A pop star named Madonna sold her Sunset Boulevard spread to a private equity investor named Nick Kaiser.
Madonna's old manager, Maverick Records founder Freddy DeMann, sold his lovely 1920s estate to Ross Perot Jr.
Producer/director Bud Yorkin sold Bugsy Siegel's old place to hedge funder Jon Brooks, who, according to our source, demolished it.