On Aug. 14, 1951, William Randolph Hearst, 88, lay dying in a gilded Mediterranean Revival mansion in Beverly Hills. Five years earlier — in declining health and with his reputation wounded by Citizen Kane — he agreed to move from his beloved Hearst Castle in San Simeon to Los Angeles to be closer to doctors.

Hearst’s longtime mistress, movie star Marion Davies, lost in a fog of alcoholism and sedatives, awoke that day to find that his deceased body had been removed without her knowledge. “Do you realize what they did?” she asked later. “They stole a possession of mine. He belonged to me.”

Today, Beverly Hills’ 1927 Hearst Estate (a location for The Godfather) is on the market for $89.75 million, listed with Hilton & Hyland’s Gary Gold, Amalfi Estates’ Anthony Marguleas and Rodeo Realty’s Zizi Pak. It is one of several noir-tinged Hollywood homes currently on the market. These include the…

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