The only home Marilyn Monroe ever owned and where she died of an apparent overdose in 1962 has sold in Los Angeles for $7.25 million.
Mansion Global was the first to report when the 2,600-square-foot hacienda hit the market in April. The icon’s former home sold for $350,000 above asking price and sold in less than 10 days, according to listing agency Mercer Vine.
The mystery buyer is not yet listed in public property records.
Monroe purchased the home in 1961 for less than $80,000 and lived there with her longtime housekeeper, Eunice Murray.
“Anybody who likes my house, I am sure I will get along with,” Monroe said during an interview with Life magazine Associate Editor Richard Meryman. In a photoshoot for the story, she lounged on an ornately carved green velvet chair and basked in the sunlight coming through one of the home’s many casement windows.
She reportedly took a trip to Mexico to try and find appropriate decor for the white stucco, Spanish-style home, which was still only partially furnished when she died at the age of 36. A doctor found her face down in bed after he used a fireplace poker to break through a window into her room, according to an article published in The Los Angeles Times the day after her death.
The property offered the troubled beauty refuge from the spotlight. Built in 1929, the house is tucked beyond a cul-de-sac and behind a walled and gated entry in the Helenas, a collection of tree-lined residential streets in Brentwood, Los Angeles.
The main house has retained many of the details Monroe selected and offers the same privacy and tranquility that attracted the star, listing agent Lisa Optican of Mercer Vine previously told Mansion Global.
The living room has terracotta floors, lancet arch doorways and original wood-beamed ceilings. A skylight pours sunlight into the kitchen and the same blue-tiled fireplace present in photos from Monroe’s time is still the centerpiece of the living room. Though her 1960s carpeting was replaced with tile floors.
After Monroe, most of the residents have been private people, including the most recent seller, who bought the home in 2012 for $5.1 million, according to property records.
The only exceptions were actress and model Veronica Hamel, who lived there in the 1970s, and director Michael Ritchie.
Courtesy of: Mansion Global and Beckie Strum