The interiors of this perfectly-preserved 1926 Spanish Revival estate in Beverly Hills haven’t changed much since the 30s, when it was home to famously private, Marlene Dietrich. Only the most famous resident, the house wasn’t actually owned by Dietrich, but rather by her friend, Countess Dorothy di Frasso, who hired Elsie de Wolfe to design these fab interiors. The New Yorker once said de Wolfe is “credited with single-handedly inventing the profession of interior decorating”. Many of her Art Deco flourishes from the period, including handpainted wallpaper, can still be seen here. Di Frasso used the house for mainly for parties (as one does) and one of her frequent party guests, pianist José Iturbi, loved it so much said if she ever sold it he would be the buyer. Iturbi did buy the house in the 40s, along with all of the furnishings and lived there until his death in 1980. In 2008, the house was purchased by a clothing company executive Shawn Far, who paid $7 million, but never got around to moving in for some reason. The 8,000-square-foot main house has four bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms, along with a two-bedroom guesthouse and a pool. The new buyer is international, and is someone “with homes all over the world.” Nice addition to the portfolio, I’d say.
(via LA Curbed)