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William Randolph Hearst’s Former Beverly Hills Estate Gets $90 Million Price Amid Bankruptcy Sale (www.dirt.com)

William Randolph Hearst’s Former Beverly Hills Estate Gets $90 Million Price Amid Bankruptcy Sale

Just three blocks north of Sunset Boulevard and designed by acclaimed engineer Gordon Kaufmann, who had a hand in the design of Hoover Dam, and built in 1927 by banking executive Milton Getz, the 3.7-acre Beverly Hills estate was acquired in 1946 for around $120,000 by Golden Age Hollywood icon Marion Davies and her longtime (and long-married) man-friend, newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, then already in his early 80s. More commonly known for his spectacular Hearst Castle estate that is set on a high mountaintop above the ocean near San Simeon, Calif., Hearst spent much of his later years in Los Angeles and, in fact, died at Beverly House in August 1951. (The couple also had a gigantic beach house set right on the sand in Santa Monica — it’s now the Annenberg Community Beach House — and, interestingly, Hearst’s obituary in the L.A. Times did not mention Ms. Davies even though they lived together openly for more than 30 years.)

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