Saturday 27 December 2014

A touch of tack: Petra Ecclestone sells her €65m tasteless Hollywood mansion

Published 07/08/2014 | 14:32

Petra Ecclestone, daughter of Formula One tycoon Bernie Ecclestone. Photo: Getty Images
Bernie Ecclestone and ex-wife Slavica (left) and Petra with her new husband art dealer James Stunt Photo:
Bernie Ecclestone and daughter Petra. Photo: John Stillwell

She may be rolling in dosh but Petra Ecclestone’s revamped mansion proves that money doesn’t exactly buy taste.

Petra, the daughter of Formula 1 magnate Bernie Ecclestone, purchased the 56,000 sq ft palace in 2011 for €65m, but has since put her questionable interior design skills to good use.

Bernie Ecclestone and daughter Petra. Photo: John Stillwell

The home, which boasts 123-rooms, rivals the White House in size and the original French chateau vibe has been erased with golden naked sculptures, a Marilyn Monroe themed hair salon, marble black and white staircases and a kitchen with three industrial sized islands.

It took 12 weeks and 500 workers to transform the home, once owned by US film and television producer Aaron Spelling, into Petra’s dream mansion, which she shares with her husband Mr. Stunt.

In 2011, the couple wed in Odescalchi Castle near Rome in a ceremony that set them back €17m. The pair welcomed a child, Lavinia in February of last year.

Three years later, Petra is aiming to shift the elaborate home for €112m but whether or not she can find a buyer remains to be seen.

Petra Ecclestone, daughter of Formula One tycoon Bernie Ecclestone. Photo: Getty Images
Petra Ecclestone, daughter of Formula One tycoon Bernie Ecclestone. Photo: Getty Images

In a recent interview with W magazine about her remodelling of the house, Petra said: “I know the house is huge, but with the other houses we looked at that were a similar size to this, you felt like you were in a museum. They didn’t feel homely. I think because there was a family here previously it was warmer and cosier.”

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