The Most Shocking Facts You Don’t Know About the Playboy Mansion

Love him or hate him, there’s no denying that Hugh Hefner was a cultural icon. Considered by some to be a driving force behind the sexual revolution, Hef and the Playboy brand promoted a place where men could be boys — or, more precisely, playboys.

One of the most physical representations of this unapologetically hedonistic lifestyle (besides scandalous photos between the glossy magazine pages) was the Playboy mansion. The house was built in 1927 just a few hundred feet off Sunset Boulevard, a stone’s throw from the famed Los Angeles Country Club and wealthy neighbors such as Google exec Eric Schmidt and fashion heiress Alexandra von Furstenberg.

Millions of fans took a glimpse inside during the airing of the popular 2005 reality show The Girls Next Door, but even with the doors flung wide open, the house maintained an air of mystery. Ahead, find the shocking things you never knew about the one and only Playboy mansion.

1. Hef never actually owned the Playboy Mansion

Hugh Hefner at the Playboy Mansion in 2003.

Hugh Hefner at the Playboy Mansion in 2003. He only leased the place. | Robert Mora/Getty Images

Playboy Enterprises bought the mansion for a cool $1.05 million in 1971 from famous chess player and inventor Louis D. Statham. But here’s the weird part: For no apparent reason, Hugh Hefner didn’t have his name on the deed of the sprawling 29 room, 5 acre estate. He actually leased it from his company for $100 per year.

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