21.09.2020

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PLEASURE PALACE Pics show Playboy mansion’s renovation and reveal Hugh Hefner’s grotto party pool has been drained

MASSIVE renovations are underway at the former Playboy mansion that once housed the late Hugh Hefner and his “bunnies”.

Photos showing an aerial view of the renovations reveal work being carried out by billionaire Daren Metropoulos, the new owner.

Metropoulos promised to maintain the mansion's famous exterior
Metropoulos promised to maintain the mansion’s famous exteriorCredit: BackGrid
Metropoulos bought Holmby Hills mansion for $100million in 2016
Metropoulos bought Holmby Hills mansion for $100million in 2016Credit: Rex Features
Hefner lived in the house until he died in 2017
Hefner lived in the house until he died in 2017Credit: BackGrid

Metropoulos bought Holmby Hills mansion for $100million in 2016 and allowed Hefner to stay in the house until he died in 2017, Daily Mail reported.

Owned by Hefner for 43 years, the 29-room mansion was originally built in 1927 and is now undergoing large scale renovations.

Before building work began, Metropoulos reportedly promised to maintain the LA mansion’s famous exterior.

HUGH HEFNER

Hugh Hefner was the founder and editor-in-chief of Playboy magazine.

He was 91 years old when he died in 2017.

By his own account, Hefner had sex with more than a thousand women.

Hefner’s home was known as the “Playboy mansion” and was famous for its lavish and wild parties.

Hefner bought the lavish, gothic-style, Playboy Mansion for $1.1million in 1971.

He had previously lived in Chicago in the first Playboy Mansion, but left permanently for LA in 1974.

The mansion was famous for its lavish, wild parties and Playboy Bunnies
The mansion was famous for its lavish, wild parties and Playboy Bunnies Credit: Getty Images – Getty
Hefner bought the mansion for $1million in 1971
Hefner bought the mansion for $1million in 1971 Credit: Getty Images – Getty
Areas around the main house have been dug up during the renovations
Areas around the main house have been dug up during the renovations Credit: AFP – Getty

One aerial photo shows a roof being installed with wooden beams, and scaffolding surrounding the mansion.

Photos also show several trucks and heavy machinery, including a digger being used on the property.

Areas around the main house have been dug up and the infamous pool on the property has been drained.

One aerial photo shows a roof being installed with wooden beams
One aerial photo shows a roof being installed with wooden beams Credit: BackGrid
The infamous pool at the mansion is currently drained of water
The infamous pool at the mansion is currently drained of water Credit: Getty – Contributor
More than 120 guests became ill after visiting the pool in 2011
More than 120 guests became ill after visiting the pool in 2011 Credit: BackGrid
The pool contained bacteria responsible for causing Legionnaire’s disease
The pool contained bacteria responsible for causing Legionnaire’s disease Credit: Getty Images – Getty

In 2011, a health and safety probe was launched after more than 120 guests became ill after visiting the pool.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health found the whirlpools contained the bacteria responsible for causing Legionnaire’s disease.

Hefner bought the mansion for $1million in 1971.

A-list guests were known to attend Hefner's parties
A-list guests were known to attend Hefner’s partiesCredit: AFP or licensors
Hefner inside his "Playboy Mansion"
Hefner inside his “Playboy Mansion”Credit: Getty – Contributor

Over the years, the home became famous for lavish, wild parties and Playboy Bunnies.

A-list celebrities such as Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty, Leonardo DiCaprio and Eminem all visited Hefner’s home.

The Hombly Hills mansion was also home to Hefner’s family, including his two sons Cooper and Marston, whom he had with his second wife Kimberley Conrad.

Hefner's sons grew up with a framed photo of their mother's nude centerfold
Hefner’s sons grew up with a framed photo of their mother’s nude centerfold Credit: Photoshot.
The Playboy bunnies were known to live at the mansion
The Playboy bunnies were known to live at the mansionCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Hefner and his son Cooper
Hefner and his son CooperCredit: Getty Images – Getty

According to the Daily Mail, Cooper and Marston grew up in the home with a framed photo of their mother’s nude centerfold.

“Yeah that was weird,” he said. “It was like the elephant in the room.”

Hefner’s Playboy bunnies were also known to live in the mansion and were subject to mandatory 9pm curfews and film nights three times a week where Hefner’s favorite 1950s flicks would be played.

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