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America’s Most Expensive Home Sells

Spelling Mansion
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The infamous Spelling mansion, formerly owned by tv-producer Aaron Spelling and his family, was sold this week.  The home is known to be the most expensive house in America.  A U.K. heiress is rumored to have purchased the Los Angeles residence, for somewhere around $150 million.   The home sits on five-acres and holds a bowling alley, beauty salon, several gift-wrapping rooms, a flower-cutting room, a china room, a Prince Charles suite (for their one-time guest) and parking for 100 cars.

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Spelling Mansion
Courtesy of Realtor.com

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Aaron Spelling was the producer for such shows as “Beverly Hills, 90210” (his daughter Tori played Donna), “Charlie’s Angels,” “Dynasty,” “Melrose Place,” and many others.  Spelling and his wife, Candy, originally bought the property in the early 1980s, but tore down the pre-existing home and built their new home, in 1991.  The home evidently includes a  double staircase, just like seen in the movie ”Gone With the Wind.”  

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Petra Ecclestone
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So who is the woman who bought the Spelling mansion?  Her name is Petra Ecclestone.  Her father, Bernie Ecclestone, is a British billionaire (obviously) and Formula 1 Racing boss.  Ms. Ecclestone is set to wed this August and will spend time between her home in London and Los Angeles.  Apparently, the international economy hasn’t effected the racing world.  Ecclestone’s home in London is valued at $90.9 million, according to press reports.

Meanwhile, Spelling’s widow has been living in a $35 million condo, that she closed on in December of 2010.  While she said she wanted to downsize, the condo is still 15,555-square feet.  Definite downsize from the mansion which is around 57,000-square feet. Unreal. 

What was your favorite Aaron Spelling show?  Mine would definitely have to be the original, “Beverly Hills, 90210,” when Brenda was still on the show.

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