When Candy Spelling decided to finally list her house -- the most expensive in America at $150 million
-- she put agents through a sniff test. Literally. She invited them in and picked the team that her dog Madison, a soft-coated Wheaten terrier, showed the greatest affection for.
Coldwell Banker North agent Christophe Choo
had a much easier go of things to get the coveted listing of Zsa Zsa Gabor. An earlier attempt by Gabor's husband, Frederic Prinz von Anhalt, to sell it himself for an unrealistic $28 million
clearly went nowhere, and the 12,000-square-foot Bel Air home is being listed with Choo, a former fashion model and lifelong Gabor fan.
Choo says that he expects to bring the property to market at around $15 million. (New photos
are being shot this week.)
Gabor, the 90-plus-year-old Hungarian sex symbol, has been in failing health. In January, she lost her right leg and has been battling pneumonia and other setbacks since. Her husband says that he is eager to move her into a more manageable living arrangement, perhaps a condo, that would be more suitable than the 20-room mansion that has been her home for about 40 years. Gabor is said to be essentially bedridden and uses a wheelchair for mobility.
The mansion, originally built for Howard Hughes and home to Elvis for about four years while he was making movies in Los Angeles, is located off Sunset Boulevard. Gabor bought it from the Presley estate in the 1970s for about $600,000.
Von Anhalt told the media in January that the upkeep on the house was almost $35,000 a month -- and more than the couple could bear on top of Zsa Zsa's health care needs.
"I just want to settle my wife's debts and keep her comfortable," he said at the time. "It gives me a big headache, and I cannot afford to keep paying it." Gabor also reportedly lost about $7 million to Bernie Madoff
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