Category: Weird Articles
Published on Friday, 02 May 2014 00:00
Visiting the famous Playboy mansion is almost on every heterosexual man's bucket list. If only the walls could talk, oh the deep, dark, dirty secrets it would reveal. The sprawling complex has been home to ultimate playboy Hugh Hefner for the last 40 plus years and have seen over hundreds of playboy bunnies. An invitation to the Playboy mansion is very exclusive, reserved only for elite celebrities and such. Here, we give you a glimpse into the very private and provocative world of Hugh Hefner and his subservient bunnies.
1. The mansion is more of a prison for the sexy bunnies
Former Playmate Jill Ann Spaulding wrote a book called “Upstairs” spilling the beans about life in the Playboy mansion. She referred to Hefner's favorite playmates as “personal slaves”. When asked what does she mean by that, she elaborated: “A personal slave is someone who has to follow all the rules of Hef or you're asked to move out. She gets to live in the house, but she has a 9:30pm curfew and she has to participate on Wednesdays and Fridays for sex night. They're required nights for sex. You have to go upstairs [to Hef's bedroom] unless you just had a nose job or a major operation. Otherwise, you have to go. Even if it's that time of the month, or you're sick and the doctors tell you that you can't participate. You still have to show up that night.”
Izabella St. James, an ex-playboy bunny, also wrote a memoir of living with Hugh Hefner. According to her, “there was a strict curfew” of 9pm, unless you were out with him. The playmates are more than welcomed to order food at any hour, but they are prohibited from going into the kitchen even for a drink of water. She recalled that “every Friday morning we had to go to Hef's room, wait while he picked up all the dog poo off the carpet - and then ask for our allowance: a thousand dollars counted out in crisp hundred-dollar bills from a safe in one of his bookcases.”
2. Hugh Hefner has sex nights with his girlfriends
Spaulding explained in an interview that a bunch of girls would go into Hefner's room and take turns with him. According to her, Hefner does not really do anything, he simply just lies there with a Viagra-induced erection and “each girl gets on top of him for two minutes while the girls in the background try to keep him excited.”
3. John Lennon destroyed a part of the Playboy mansion
While separated from Yoko Ono in the seventies and on a constant alcohol binge, John Lennon took one of Hefner's original Matisse paintings off the wall and stubbed out a cigarette on it. A Matisse painting can sell for up to $28 million. Naturally, Lennon almost got his ass kicked. But he somehow managed to make things right. The painting along with the cigarette burn is still hanging on a wall in the mansion.
4. There is a secret Elvis room
While most of the home's interior has been caught on camera at some point or another, this special spot is off-limits to the public. It's name is reportedly a reference to when Elvis Presley once 'slept' there with eight Playboy bunnies. They didn't call him the 'King' for nothing.
5. The place is decrepit and smells like old people
Much like Hugh Hefner himself, the place is looking a little worse for wear. Apparently the mansion is not as luxurious and classy like everyone thinks it is. Instead, it looks like an old museum filled with random junk, shabby, stained furniture, broken appliances, and outdated technology. A writer from Vice who visited the mansion said that it was “really, really sad” and “smelled like old man”.
6. Hugh Hefner does not own the place
The place really belongs to Icon Acquisitions Holdings – Playboy's parent company – and Hefner must pay “fair market rent” and an annual fee to cover expenses like food and parties.
7. There is an arcade
There's a separate gaming compound a short walk from the main house. Inside are a whole bunch of vintage arcade games, pinball machines, a jukebox, pool table, and a separate mirrored room with a soft cushioned floor for... whatever you want.
8. Playboy bought the current mansion from a chessmaster who also designed spaceships
Originally built in 1927, Playboy acquired it in 1971 for a little over $1 million from world-renowned chess player and engineer Louis D. Statham, whose inventions included measuring devices that helped keep NASA spacecrafts on course. Today, with some renovations and expansion, it's estimated to be worth about $54 million.
9. The former Playboy mansion in Chicago is now a condo
Hef bought the 72-room Victorian pad on the city's Gold Coast in 1959 and continued using it for parties throughout the 70s, when the Art Institute of Chicago bought it and turned it into student housing. In the mid-nineties a developer rehabbed the place and divided it into seven multi-million dollar family residences. The best place to raise a family is in a house with a prestigious history of holding orgies.
10. The Playboy mansion has been granted very rare and exclusive permits
The Playboy mansion is the only private home in Los Angeles with its own pyrotechnics license. It is also one of a select few in the city with a zoo license, and it does contain a zoo with animals other than caged up bunnies.