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In a move straight out of HBO's Succession Lachlan Murdock, on whom Roman Roy is based, made a splashy move into southern California real estate. Armed by billions netted in the mega deal of Fox selling assets to Disney, young Murdoch bought the home used as the setting for the Beverly Hillbillies. The real estate prospectus mentions a 75 foot pool, was this the cement pond of legend? Only granny knows.

Another rumour, perhaps propelled by Lord Rothermere's Daily Mail was that disgraced Petra Ecclestone's ex husband James Stunt offered to trade his collection of fugazy paintings for the property.

Alas for Mr. Stunt the offer was declined. The vapid folks of southern California turned out to be much smarter than Prince Charle's gay flunky Fawcett who then bent over to swoop the batch of fugazies to adorn Dumfries House.

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Lachlan Murdoch, media executive and son of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, has paid roughly $150 million for Chartwell, a Bel-Air estate, according to people familiar with the deal.

Lachlan Murdoch is co-chairman of News Corp, which owns Dow Jones & Co., publisher of The Wall Street Journal. He didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

To read more on The Wall Street Journal:

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