Di Frasso used the house for parties (as socialites are wont to do) and one guest, pianist José Iturbi, was so enchanted by the place, he reportedly told di Frasso that, if she ever wanted to sell, she should tell him first. When the time came (sometime in the 1940s), Iturbi bought the house and all the furnishings inside.
Until recently, even much of the 1930s-era furniture remained, a comparison on a Dietrich fan blog shows. Iturbi lived there until his death in 1980; in 2008, the house was purchased by clothing company executive Shawn Far, who paid $7 million, but apparently never got around to moving in.
The approximately 8,000-square-foot main house on the property has four bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms, a mirrored dining room, striking wallpaper, and vast grounds, according to a recent listing, along with a two-bedroom guesthouse and a pool. The new buyer is described as international, and as someone “with homes all over the world.” The mansion was listed for $25 million, but ended up going for $23.5 million.
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