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Whatever happened to the mansion where music producer Phil Spector committed murder?
Spector, who was largely regarded for creating hits for 1960s legends like The Ronettes and The Beatles, shot actress Lana Clarkson, 40, to death inside the foyer of his French Chateau-style mansion in 2003. The disgraced musician was sentenced to 19 years to life following a 2009 trial. He died in 2021 from COVID-19 complications while serving his sentence in California State Prison, the Los Angeles Times reported last year.
But what about the mansion, located in Alhambra — a city in Los Angeles County — where the murder of Clarkson occurred?
Spector initially paid $1.1 million for the mansion in 1998, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Rachelle Short, Spector’s former wife, took ownership of the castle-esque home after Spector’s incarceration, according to Mansion Global. Since 2019, the home was taken on and off the market various times, once listed for $5.5 million, The Wall Street Journal reported.
It sold for $3.3 million in 2021, the Los Angeles Times reported. Short was the seller. The buyer’s name has not been disclosed but real estate broker Tim Durkovic — who represented both the buyer and Short — told Mansion Global that the buyer wanted to preserve the property, known as Pyrenees Castle.
“There’s nothing else like it,” the broker told Mansion Global. “It’s truly a castle.”
The ten-bedroom mansion was built in 1925 by Sylvester Dupuy, Durkovic told the outlet.
“It’s a replica of a castle he used to walk by when he was a child in France,” the stated. However, the 10,590-square-foot residence is just a quarter of the size of the original castle in Europe.
Clarkson, who was fatally shot in the home, had small roles in iconic '80s films like "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" and "Scarface" and made appearances on television shows like "Three's Company." She was working as a hostess at the House of Blues in Los Angeles, where she had met Spector, when she was murdered. During Spector's trial, his defense unsuccessfully tried to prove that she killed herself.
Showtime is launching a four-part docuseries on Nov. 6, titled "Spector," which promises to dive into the disgraced music icon's issues.
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