Coke versus Pepsi, Ford versus General Motors and McDonald’s versus Burger King are some of the greatest battles between businesses of all-time, but maybe one of the fiercest competitions between enterprises might be Playboy versus Hustler. While both corporations have fallen far from their once powerful positions thanks to Internet porn, Hustler may take one last shot at Playboy.
The New York Daily News has the “exclusive” scoop that Hustler head honcho Larry Flynt is interesting in purchasing Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Mansion, which went on sale for $200-million earlier this month.
NYDN obtained an internal memo by Hustler executives that stated their interest in purchasing the infamous 21,987-square-foot Gothic-Tudor mansion.
“Larry (Flynt) and I have talked about it and are preparing a bid,” says Harry Mohney, whose Déjà Vu company operates the Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club chain, which includes a Manhattan location on W. 51st St. “We feel it is an excellent place for The Hustler Club and Hustler Mansion.”
According to Mohney, Hustler would move their own staff into the 29-room estate and host “at least” three parties per week for VIP guests. He also says those gatherings would out-Hef the parties Hefner has been throwing there for 45-years.
“Hef lost the fact and focus that he was in the sex business and magazine business,” says Mohney. “He thought he was Vanity Fair and lost that he was in the business of the erotic.”
Mohney also says that “Hefner could not live in the mansion” and that Hef’s old pal – accused serial rapist Bill Cosby – will never step foot on the estate again if Hustler moves in. The memo states that Hefner would be held liable for any lawsuits that might emerge from past misdeeds on the property.
However, Mohney poo-poos the notion of paying the exorbitant $200-million price tag. “We are not going to offer half that much,” Mohney states. “I don’t know where he got that figure from. Certainly it would require an appraisal of the value.”
Hefner bought the mansion, which was built in 1927, and the 5-acres of property in 1971 for $1.05-million.
This contradicts an “exclusive” by TMZ that said Flynt was not interested in the iconic property because “he’s looking for something more original.”
What a giant “Fuck you” this would be to the rival porn peddler.
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