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General atmosphere at Playboy's 2016 Playmate of the Year Announcement held at the Playboy Mansion on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP)

Playboy Mansion to get protected status under deal with the city of Los Angeles

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The new owner of the Playboy Mansion has agreed to maintain the facade in its original condition under an agreement with the city of Los Angeles.

Daren Metropoulos entered into a permanent protection covenant for the 5-acre property he bought for $100 million. He agreed to not demolish the 20,000-square-foot main residence as he proceeds with plans to connect the mansion and its grounds to his 2-acre plot next door.

The deal, announced Tuesday by Councilman Paul Koretz, will remain in effect for future owners. City News Service says the designation stops short of giving the building landmark status.

Hugh Hefner, who died last year, bought the estate in 1971 and made it into the epicenter of his Playboy brand and one of the world's most famous homes.

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