Cowardly Lion's lair in Beverly Hills is listed at $25.5 million

A Beverly Hills home built for actor Bert Lahr, the Cowardly Lion in "The Wizard of Oz," is back on the market, this time priced at $25.58 million.

Designed by Paul R. Williams in 1941, the gated estate encompasses 1.38 park-like acres. The Connecticut/Hamptons-inspired main house features a media room with wet bar, a wine cellar and a tasting room. There is a 3,000-square-foot secondary house with its own driveway and a third newly built structure containing a two-lane bowling alley, a game room and a bar. There are eight bedrooms and 10 bathrooms.

Other celebrities who have called the compound home were actress Betty Grable, band leader Harry James and actress Melanie Griffith.

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Lahr, who died in 1967 at 72, was an actor and a comedian. He won a Tony for his role in the musical "Foxy" in 1964.

Before its current renovation and expansion, the property sold in 1999 for $2.55 million, according to public records. It was listed in 2011 at $28.5 million.

Joyce Rey of Coldwell Banker’s Beverly Hills South office and Marie-France Salaun of Coldwell Banker’s Sunset Boulevard office are the listing agents.

 

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