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Inside Some Anon. Russian Billionaires' $75M Malibu Estate

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Homes of the Rich has scrounged up what appear to be interior shots of the former Malibu estate of billionaire money-mover Howard Marks. Just over a week ago Marks sold his 9.5 acres of Malibu beachfront—and the 15,000-square-foot manse that sits like a cherry on top—to a pair of anonymous Russian billionaires for $75M, the heftiest sale in Malibu's history. The estate was showed all hush-hush, and at one point it was reportedly hoping to eke out an incredible $125M. Because it was never formally listed, interior shots were never up for public consumption; until now, the only photos available have been less-than-ideal aerial shots. If these glimpses inside the villa are true as advertised, the home is a pleasant surprise; absent are the gleamy, over-the-top design motifs of other crazy-expensive properties—ahem that's all you, Petra Ecclestone—and instead there's a vibe that feels relaxed, airy, and clandestinely expensive. Well, the mansion was placed into the the discerning, expert hands of the "Presidential decorator" Michael Smith—he of Oval Office renos and Academy Award greenrooms, not to mention some awfully chic homes of his own—so perhaps there really should be no surprise at all. More below.

· Billionaire Harold Marks Sells Malibu, CA Estate For $75 Million [Homes of the Rich]
· Billionaire Howard Marks Unloads Malibu Estate for About $75 Million [WSJ via Curbed LA]
· All Michael Smith coverage [Curbed National]