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The place where pop icon Michael Jackson spent his last hours before he passed away in June 2009 has been placed on the market for a whopping $23.9 million. The 17,000 square foot Holmby Hills, Calif., mansion is being sold by realtor Michael Umansky, the husband of Kyle Richards, the star of Bravo TV’s reality show hit “The Housewives of Beverly Hills,” reports Yahoo! News.
The French Chateau-style showplace property sits on more than an acre and boasts 7 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, wine cellar, theater, a spa and gym, large swimming pool, an elevator and 14 fireplaces. Jackson had been leasing the property at a monthly rental fee of $100,000 from December 2008 until his untimely death.
The items that were in the home at the time of Jackson’s death from a lethal dose of propofol, which was administered by his physician Conrad Murray, were removed and auctioned off last December. The realty company, the Agency, which Umansky co-founded, will reportedly not stage the home.
The uncle of social scene “It” girl Paris Hilton, tells Yahoo! News, “You have the chance to live in the same home that an icon lived in. If you look at Elizabeth Taylor’s home, it sold for more money because it was Elizabeth Taylor’s home,” explained Umansky. “It’s a beautiful home on a great piece of land.”
Umansky told Yahoo! News that he has a special connection to the home because his wife Richards had been friends with Jackson for more than 30 years. Umansky maintained a friendly relationship with the legendary performer.
Jackson was said to have really loved the home. According to Umansky, “He loved the master bedroom and he loved the grounds. He was happy there. And I personally think there’s some great energy in the house and I see it as a major positive. I’m excited to be selling it.”
For those who are trying to pull a fast one by acting like a prospective buyer just to get a peek at the former digs of the King of Pop, be forewarned: Only pre-approved buyers who have been subjected to a financial disclosure process will be allowed to inspect the property.