The Playboy mansion has probably seen and heard many things over the decades and according to this Vice writer, "smells like an old man". Rich in history according to The Thrillist, the mansion was bought by Playboy holdings in 1971 from a chessmaster who also designed devices for Nasa.
Prospective buyers should probably make a note of these points (as reported by The Thrillist):
1) The place is "sort of a dump"
2) There is a "secret Elvis room" — where the legendary musician and fast food aficionado "slept" with eight bunnies
3) John Lennon caused massive damage to an original Matisse painting — he put out his cigarette on it! The painting with cigarette burns still hangs in the mansion.
4) Inside the compound is a gaming area with vintage arcade games, pinball machines and a soft-cushioned floor for... you know.
According to The Huffington Post, the property also comes with a "rare zoo license", which means the property feasibly crawls with all sorts of animals. The journal adds that the sale comes after Playboy saw a plunge in circulation numbers. The magazine recently took a stand that it would no longer run any completely naked pictures of women in its magazine.
Holly Madison, an ex-Playboy "bunny" does not have very great things to say about the mansion or Hugh either. She told BuzzFeed in an interview that living in the mansion did not make her feel too good about herself.
If there ever was a more sexualised non-living thing, it is the Playboy mansion. The five-acre property with 29 rooms, a game house, wine cellar, swimming pool with a cave-like grotto is on sale for $200 million according to CNBC. Playboy spokesman John Vlautin is quoted by ABC7 as saying, "A condition on the sale would be that Mr Hefner be able to continue to work and live in the residence."