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Murphy's former home up for auction

Comedian's ex-estate most recently listed for US$10 million

The onetime Granite Bay home of comedian Eddie Murphy will soon belong to the highest bidder.

Overlooking Folsom Lake in a guard-gated community outside Sacramento, the property holds a 12,600-square-foot mansion with modern style, a 5,200-square-foot guest house, a swimming pool and a sports court on 2.5 acres. It will be sold on-site with no reserve on Oct. 27 through DeCaro Auctions International.

The main home is fronted by a wavy motor court. In the foyer, dual staircases flank a dramatic rotunda-topped great room with a curved wall of floor-to-ceiling windows. Living spaces include a chef’s kitchen, a formal dining room, a theatre, an arcade and a billiards room.

A guest bedroom is themed after Shrek, the animated film franchise in which Murphy has a prominent role. In total, there are seven bedrooms, 11 bathrooms and five fireplaces. An elevator services both floors.

Palm trees provide cover for the back patio, and steps descend to an infinity-edge pool and spa. There are two garages on-site that can accommodate as many as 13 cars.

The property is being sold fully furnished and comes with a futuristic-looking Schimmel Pegasus piano.

Murphy, 57, is a renowned actor, standup comedian and Saturday Night Live alum. His films include Beverly Hills Cop, Coming to America, The Nutty Professor and Dreamgirls, for which he won a Golden Globe for best supporting actor.

He and ex-wife Nicole Mitchell Murphy sold the estate in 2007 for US$6.1 million. It was most recently listed for sale at US$10 million.

BEVERLY HILLS GETS THE BOOT

Soccer icon David Beckham and his wife, singer-model-designer Victoria Beckham, have made an off-market move in Beverly Hills, selling their home of about a decade for a little more than US$33.1 million.

Tucked behind massive iron gates and at the end of a private drive, the Italian villa-style mansion was built on speculation in 2007.

The H-shaped home, painted a classic white and topped with clay roof tiles, has more than 13,000 square feet of living space that includes formal living and dining rooms, an elevator, a library and a media/music room. There are six bedrooms and nine bathrooms plus a powder room.

Outside, covered and uncovered patios flank a large grassy field. A swimming pool and pool deck sit across the lawn. Found elsewhere on the acre-plus site are a motor court and a three-car garage.

The couple bought the property in 2007 roughly five months after David Beckham signed a five-year contract to play for the Los Angeles Galaxy.

The former English team captain led the Galaxy to back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012. Before joining the L.A. club, he captured six Premier League titles with Manchester United and a La Liga title with Real Madrid. In 2013, he won a French league title with Paris Saint-Germain.

More recently, Beckham, 43, has spearheaded an effort to bring a new Major League Soccer franchise to Miami.

Victoria Beckham, 44, gained fame in the 1990s as a member of the all-female pop group the Spice Girls.

Also a star in the fashion world, she launched her eponymous label in 2008. This year, she released a Shaquille O’Neal-inspired collection with Reebok.

— Los Angeles Times

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