Monday, January 05, 2009


Barbi House For Sale
Barbi Benton in earlier years.
In Aspen, Colo., actress and former Playmate Barbi Benton and her husband George Gradow have put their futuristic house known as the Copper Palace on the market for $25 million. Comprising five copper pods connected by stairways, the 25,000-square-foot building is cantilevered in sections to provide views from all areas of the house. Each pod has its own function: The living and entertaining pod, for example, has both a disco and a ballroom. Other features include a gym, a theater and two heated lap pools. The house, which is set on 40 acres in Aspen's tony neighborhood of Starwood, was designed by architect Bart Prince. If the house sells for $25 million, it will set a new record for Aspen real estate. The most expensive home to date sold in Aspen was the Red Mountain home of Czech tycoon (and accused swindler) Viktor Kozeny, which fetched $19.7 million in 1997.
The Copper Palace in all its glory. Photo by Barbi Benton, courtesy of Bart Prince.
Benton became famous as a Playboy Playmate and Hugh Hefner's consort in the 1970s. She later

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married trailer park developer Gradow. As an actress, Benton has appeared on television and in films, including several editions of Circus of the Stars and Hugh Hefner: Once Upon a Time.

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