Sidney and Frances Brody commissioned noted mid-century modern architect A. Quincy Jones to design their Los Angeles home in 1949. Completed in February of 1951, the two-story, 11,511 sq ft home featured 9 bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms, a library, large outdoor atrium, swimming pool, and tennis court.
One other “amenity” worth noting is that the property sits next to the Playboy Mansion. Originally listed at $24.95 million, the estate sold in December 2010 for $14.88 million, about 13% of the cost of the Picasso it housed!
While this home of Sidney and Frances Brody, designed by A. Quincy Jones, is a masterpiece in and of itself, its walls were adorned with momentous works of art that surpassed the estate’s value tenfold. Two of the most important pieces in the Brody’s collection were Matisse’s La Gerbe (1953) and Picasso’s Nude, Green Leaves and Bust (1932), the latter of which sold for a record-setting $106.5 million at Christie’s on May 4, 2010 — after Mrs. Brody passed away in her late nineties.