Top 10 famous homes ever sold


2015-06-26 13:43:27


Top 10 famous homes ever sold

The ultimate status symbol for the collector who has everything? Here's 10 of the best famous homes

Memorabilia, autographs, even celebrity hair. They are the staples for the collector who wants to getcloser to their chosen star.

But what does one buy the billionaire collector who has everything?

For many, the ultimate collecting statement is to own the home of an iconic movie star or musician, living the life of luxury in a property preserved just as they left it.

Now, Bram Castle (the legendary setting from Bram Stoker's Dracula) is up for sale in Romania, while the mansion that played host to Scarface's epic standoff is offered at an impressive $35m.

Take a look at some of the most iconic famous homes:

Ferris Bueller's Day Off mansion

Cameron's House Ferris BuellerThe modernist style house was designed by architects A James Speyer

Chances are, if you grew up in the 1980s, you wanted to either be Ferris Bueller, or date him. John Hughes' high school senior (played by Matthew Broderick) was the epitome of cool, bunkingoff school to spend a day in downtown Chicago with his girlfriend Sloane and best friend Cameron Frye.

In one of the film's most memorable scenes, Bueller visits Cameron's parents' house, before accidentally crashing Cameron's dad's Ferrari through one of the windows.

The actual mansion is based in Highland Park, Illinois, and has four bedrooms, four baths and a tempting all-glass garage (we'd love to recreate the Ferrari-smashing scene). It sold for $1.3m in January 2014.

Al Capone's Miami hideout

Al Capone certainly wasn't laying low in the lavish Miami mansion

We say "hideout", but Al Capone's Miami mansion was more of an in-your-face statement to the authorities than a place to lielow while the heat cools down.

The 36,000 square foot mansion, based on Miami Beach, is said to be where Capone plotted his most famous move, the 1929 St Valentine's Day Massacre, and where he lived after being released from Alcatraz.

According to his niece, it's also where the syphilitic gangster dropped dead from a stroke in 1947 - the result of years of living the high life.

It appeared for sale with Sotheby's Realty in February 2014, priced at $8.5m.

Home Alone house

Home Alone houseThankfully Joe Pesci isn't hiding in the basement

Thankfully, Macauley Caulkin's epic system of booby traps has long been removed from the Home Alone house, which is situated in the highly desirable village of Winnetka, Illinois.

Home to one of the most hectic screen families in movie history, the house is where Caulkin famously combated burglars after he was abandoned just before Christmas.

Compared with other houses in the area, the mansion was a steal, listed at $2.4m.

The Scarface mansion

Any Scarface fan will recognise this scene

Tony Montana sits in front of a huge pile of cocaine, knowing that Sosa's men are coming for him.

It's one of the most famous scenes in movie history, captured in the iconic poster that hashung in thousands of teenage bedrooms ever since the movie's 1983 release.

And now those with a penchant for the gangster lifestyle can relive Montana's legendary demise - for the small price of $35m.

Based in California, rather than Florida as the movie suggests, Scarface's mansion is actually known as El Fureidis, or "Tropical Paradise". Created in 1906, it covers 10 acres in some of the most desirable territory on the west coast.

Featuring a "barreled ceiling painted in 24k gold leaf and depicting a scene of Alexander the Great conquering Persepolis by Henry Wadsworth Moore", the home is far from discreet, but the ultimate status symbol for the billionaire badboy.

Marilyn Monroe's bungalow

Marilyn Monroe Brentwood bungalowMonroe spent just six months in the bungalow before she died

Monroe was found dead in the bedroom of her Brentwood, California bungalow, in 1962 - just six months after she bought the place for $90,000.

The bungalow is massive, despite its lack of an upper floor (presumably Monroe didn't like walking up stairs) and had obviously been owned by a Monroe fan when it appeared for sale back in 2010, with portraits of the star dotted around the tastefully decorated abode.

In a desirable area of California, the house was listed for $3.6m, which seems reasonable given the burial spot near her grave apparently sold on eBay for $4.6m.

Bram Castle

Bran CastleThere's no evidence that Stoker ever knew about Bram Castle

High on a hill in Transylvania sits the fortress of Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration behind Bram Stoker's classic Dracula.

Dating to 1211, the castle is now billed as "Dracula's Castle", despite the fact that Stoker probably knew nothing of its existence.

Nonetheless, it's is expected to realise at least 47m as its Romanian archduke owner puts it up for sale this month.

Perhaps more fascinating than the castle's tenuous links to the Dracula myth are its other owners, which include Queen Marie of Romania, a member of the Habsburg royal family, Teutonic knights and a host of Saxons and Hungarians.

Withnail and I cottage

Withnail and IThe tumbledown Sleddale Hall has been transformed into a private home for one lucky Withnail fan

"We've gone on holiday by mistake."

The farmhouse that stars in the cult classic Withnail and I, better known as "Uncle Monty's Cottage", doesn't seem like the ideal purchase. Painted in the film as a dreary isolated building surrounded by oddball country folk, it's actually a rather lovely farmhouse in the Cumbrian countryside.

It sold at auction for 265,000 ($447,500) back in 2009, with the new owner planning to transform it into self-catering accommodation for the ultimate Withnail and I experience.

However, the sale fell through and it was later bought by an architect who wants to create a private home for die-hard Withnail fans.

John Lennon's childhood home

Lennon's tiny childhood home is just streets away from Penny Lane

Let's face it, you'd be mad to pay almost half a million pounds for this understated terrace on Liverpool's Newcastle Road - under normal circumstances.

Yet Beatles fans are known for their dedication, and one US collector recently paid 480,000 ($810,870)to be the proud owner of the red brick building - John Lennon's childhood home.

Lennon spent a few of his early years in the house, living with his beloved Aunt Mimi and Uncle George. Just a few streets away from the famous Penny Lane, it is steeped in Beatles history.

John's tiny bedroom was at the back of the building.

The Godfather house

Godfather houseThe owner said the house belonged to his father, who initially slammed the door in Paramount Pictures' faces when they asked to use the building

"You come into my house on the day my daughter is to be married and you ask me to do murder - for money."

No one disrespects the Godfather in his own house, the imposing Corleone complex set in Long Island. However, the house in which Connie Corleone's wedding reception was held is actually based in Staten Island.

It's also a lot less imposing than it appears in the film, with the walls and gate just props that were later removed after filming. Valued at $2.9m, it boasts eight bedrooms, three bathrooms and no horse's heads in the bed.

Goldeneye villa

Ian Fleming villa for saleThe estate was owned by Ian Fleming and Bob Marley

After naming a WWII operation Goldeneye, James Bond author Ian Fleming also gave the moniker to his Jamaican mansion, which sits on the edge of a cliff overlooking the sea.

The estate spans over 100-acres and is the site where many of the James Bond books were written. It also played host to an array of Fleming's famous friends.

The house's history stretches far beyond Fleming however, having been sold to Bob Marley after spending almost a decade unused following the Bond writer's death. Marley then sold it to the owner of Island Records, Chris Blackwell.

In 2007, it was announced that 82 properties were to be built across the estate and it was transformed into a luxury hotel resort, providing the ultimate holiday for the Bond-loving reggae fan.

Paul Fraser, founder of Paul Fraser Collectibles which compiled the top 10, comments: "These houses are the ultimate collectible, and their price tags demonstrate the power of celebrity. John Lennon's childhood home sold for 480,000, yet similar houses on the same street go for just 150,000."

Paul Fraser Collectibles doesn't sell houses - it sells rare memorabilia to go in them. Click here to view.

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