A trio of Beverly Hills trophy estates once owned by Guess co-founder Georges Marciano are being sold through a bankruptcy proceeding.
Marciano, 65, was countersued for defamation in 2008 by seven former employees who he alleged had embezzled millions of dollars. A jury awarded the employees $470 million, which the judge later reduced to $260 million. The sales are subject to court approval.
The most expensive property is the former home of Columbia Pictures honcho Harry Cohn and, later, talk-show host Mike Douglas. Listed at $24.5 million, the 19,590-square-foot house sits on 2 acres with two two-bedroom guesthouses, a sunken tennis court, a swimming pool, lush gardens and a motorcourt where Marciano sometimes parked 11 Ferraris.
The Italian Revival two-story, built in 1927, opens to a two-story wood-paneled foyer leading to a sweeping staircase. Features include a billiard/game room, a card room, two kitchens and a screening room.
Also for sale at $8.25 million is a Paul Williams-designed traditional-style house with tennis court that has been remodeled. The two-story, 8,000-square-foot home is behind gates on more than an acre. Features include master suite access to the swimming pool and a total of six bedrooms and eight bathrooms.
The third Marciano home, another two-story traditional, is listed at $10.9 million. Set on nearly 1.5 acres with a guesthouse, pool and tennis court, the 11,032 square feet of living space include a two-story foyer with circular staircase, nine bedrooms and 11 1/2 bathrooms.
Linda May of Coldwell Banker's Beverly Hills North office is the listing agent for all three properties.
[For the Record, 8:07 a.m. May 31: The headline and text of an earlier version of this story said Georges Marciano owned the homes. They are being sold by a trustee as part of bankruptcy proceedings.]Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times