Tuesday 27 September 2016

Inside the late best-selling author Jackie Collins' Beverly Hills home as it hits the market for $30m

Sasha Brady

Published 11/02/2016 | 13:34

Author Jackie Collins at her multimillion dollar house (Photo By Paul Harris/Getty Images)
Author Jackie Collins at her multimillion dollar house (Photo By Paul Harris/Getty Images)
Author Jackie Collins in the entrance foyer of her Beverly Hills home, which she says she designed herself. (Photo by Iris Schneider/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Jackie Collins and daughter Tiffany in her Beverly Hills home (Photo By Paul Harris/Getty Images)
The late best-selling author Jackie Collins poses with her fiancee Frank Calcagini at her Beverly Hills home March 21, 1998. (Photo by Paul Harris/Online USA)

The home of the late best-selling authour Jackie Collins has been listed on the property market for US$30 million.

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Jackie, who sold more than 500 million novels in more than 40 countries in her four decades-long career as a writer in raunchy female fiction, died of breast cancer at the age of 77 in September 2015.

Her Beverly Hills home has been listed for sale for US$30 million with real estate firm Hilton and Hyland.

The home, which was completed in 1992, overlooks the Hollywood Hills and features a 100-foot-long art gallery, motor court, guest house, offices, sauna, gym, swimming pool with a cabana and private screening room.

Author Jackie Collins in the entrance foyer of her Beverly Hills home, which she says she designed herself. (Photo by Iris Schneider/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Author Jackie Collins in the entrance foyer of her Beverly Hills home, which she says she designed herself. (Photo by Iris Schneider/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

In a 2014 interview with the Wall Street Journal, Ms Collins said that she supervised every detail of designing her home.

"From ceilings and sinks to shelves and phone and computer outlets, they all had to be just so," she said.

Jackie Collins and daughter Tiffany in her Beverly Hills home (Photo By Paul Harris/Getty Images)
Jackie Collins and daughter Tiffany in her Beverly Hills home (Photo By Paul Harris/Getty Images)

The famed novelist had five writing desks throughout the home and did most of her work in two studies - one off her bedroom and the other next to the gym.

She also revealed to the newspaprer that the design of the home was inspired by David Hockney's painting A Bigger Splash, which she had seen at a gallery in London with her second husband Oscar Lerman in 1989.

The late best-selling author Jackie Collins poses with her fiancee Frank Calcagini at her Beverly Hills home March 21, 1998. (Photo by Paul Harris/Online USA)
The late best-selling author Jackie Collins poses with her fiancee Frank Calcagini at her Beverly Hills home March 21, 1998. (Photo by Paul Harris/Online USA)

"I couldn't take my eyes off the pool and fell in love with the clean lines, suspended splash and overall tranquility,' she said.

"Within days, I was sketching a design for a new home that wrapped around a pool based on the one in the painting."

Author Jackie Collins at her multimillion dollar house (Photo By Paul Harris/Getty Images)
Author Jackie Collins at her multimillion dollar house (Photo By Paul Harris/Getty Images)

Jackie, who is the younger sister of actress Dame Joan Collins, was born in London but moved to Los Angeles in the 1960s.

Her best-selling novels, including Hollywood Wives, Chances, Lucky and Hollywood Husbands, won her legions of fans across the globe and propelled her to stardom.

The star found a lump in her breast two years before she was diagnosed with stage-four breast cancer in 2009.

She said to People magazine: "I've had to deal with losing my mother (to breast cancer), my husband (prostate cancer) and my fiancé (lung cancer) and I did not want to put pressure on everybody in the family. So I happily, happily went day by day."

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