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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Nicholson Puts Down $5M for Marlon Brando's House

LOS ANGELES -- Jack Nicholson has purchased the Beverly Hills-area home of his longtime friend and neighbor Marlon Brando for $5 million.

Brando, who won best actor Academy Awards for his roles in "On the Waterfront" and "The Godfather," died in July 2004 at age 80. At the time, Nicholson called his friend "a monumental artist like Michelangelo or Picasso," and predicted that "his influence will be there long into the future."

Brando and Nicholson, who co-starred in the movie "The Missouri Breaks," were neighbors for more than 30 years. Brando had lived in the house since 1960.

His 12-room home, built on a hilltop in 1954, has three bedrooms and four bathrooms in slightly more than 270 square meters, according to public records. The house is on almost 0.4 hectares and has a pool.

Christie's plans to auction off items from the house June 30 in New York. Among the items are a foosball table and other furniture, ceramics, pictures, sculptures, and personal mementos. Christie's bills it as "the most significant entertainment celebrity estate" to come to the auction house since "The Personal Property of Marilyn Monroe" sale in 1991.

Brando spent much of his life as a recluse, staying in the house or on his French Polynesian atoll of Tetiaroa, a cluster of a dozen islands about 42 kilometers north of Tahiti. Plans were announced in March for a lavish eco-hotel, called the Brando, to be built there by 2008. Brando bought the atoll in 1965 after filming "Mutiny on the Bounty" in French Polynesia.

Nicholson won best actor Oscars for his roles in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "As Good as It Gets." He won a best supporting Oscar for "Terms of Endearment." Nicholson is currently filming Martin Scorsese's gangster movie "The Departed" in New York.