The great pianist/eccentric Liberace had many fabulous and over-the-top homes throughout the Los Angeles area (and as far as Vegas) during his life. To get primed for this Sunday's airing of the HBO biopic about him, Behind the Candelabra, why not take a tour of some of the razzle-dazzle entertainer's numerous properties, from the piano-themed house in the Valley to his favorite place in Palm Springs.Read More
Mapping the Many Razzle-Dazzle Homes of Liberace
Piano-themed House in the Valley
Liberace and his mother, Frances, lived in this 4-bedroom home, designed by the entertainer himself, between 1953 and 1958. They moved out shortly after Frances was attacked by two masked men while taking out the trash.
Liberace combined two units into one for his Malibu residence, which featured a piano-shaped bar, piano-shaped couch, a black baby grand and candelabra. It last sold in 2002 for $730,000.
According to the LA Times, Liberace had a penchant for penthouses after filming the 1955 movie Sincerely Yours, in which he played a pianist who owned one. His featured a mirrored wall in the bedroom, zebra-pattern carpet, and a rooftop pool. Apparently the space has recently served as a sex therapy workshop site.
Hollywood Hills Mansion
Liberace purchased his 28-room Hollywood Hills mansion in 1961 for $250,000. The Los Angeles Mirror described it as "a combination Versailles Palace and Vic Tanny Gym."
"The Cloisters," Palm Springs
This 1930 Spanish-Colonial, nicknamed "the Cloisters," and "Casa de Liberace," was the pianist's favorite home, and where he saw out his last days.
"Piazza de Liberace," Palm Springs
This four-bedroom in Old Las Palmas was built in 1952. On the market in 2010, it was purchased for $625,000 by a Pasadena couple who have recently restored it.
Las Vegas Villa
Liberace purchased this 15,000 square foot home in the 1960s. Its master bath featured a custom-made sunken marble tub that cost $50,000, pillars, fountains, and a painting of Liberace on the ceiling.