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Pics show Playboy mansion’s renovation and reveal Hugh Hefner’s wild orgy grotto has been drained

MASSIVE renovations are underway at the former Playboy mansion that once housed the late Hugh Hefner and his “bunnies”.

Photos showing an aerial view of the renovations reveal work being carried out by billionaire Daren Metropoulos, the new owner.

Metropoulos promised to maintain the mansion's famous exterior

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Metropoulos promised to maintain the mansion’s famous exteriorCredit: BackGrid

Metropoulos bought Holmby Hills mansion for $100million in 2016 and allowed Hefner to stay in the house until he died in 2017, Daily Mail reported.

Owned by Hefner for 43 years, the 29-room mansion was originally built in 1927 and is now undergoing large scale renovations.

Before building work began, Metropoulos reportedly promised to maintain the LA mansion’s famous exterior.

The mansion was famous for its lavish, wild parties and Playboy Bunnies

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The mansion was famous for its lavish, wild parties and Playboy BunniesCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Hefner bought the mansion for $1million in 1971

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Hefner bought the mansion for $1million in 1971Credit: Getty Images – Getty

One aerial photo shows a room being installed with wooden beams, and scaffolding surrounding the mansion.

Photos also show several trucks and heavy machinery, including a digger being used on the property.

Areas around the main house have been dug up and the infamous grotto on the property has been drained.

The infamous grotto at the mansion is currently drained of water

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The infamous grotto at the mansion is currently drained of waterCredit: Getty – Contributor

In 2011, a health and safety probe was launched after more than 120 guests became ill after visiting the Grotto.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health found the whirlpools contained the bacteria responsible for causing Legionnaire’s disease.

Hefner bought the mansion for $1million in 1971.

Over the years, the home became famous for lavish, wild parties and Playboy Bunnies.

A-list celebrities such as Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty, Leonardo DiCaprio and Eminem all visited Hefner’s home.

The Hombly Hills mansion was also home to Hefner’s family, including his two sons Cooper and Marston, whom he had with his second wife Kimberley Conrad.

The Playboy bunnies were known to live at the mansion

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The Playboy bunnies were known to live at the mansionCredit: Getty Images – Getty

According to the Daily Mail, Cooper and Marston grew up in the home with a framed photo of their mother’s nude centerfold.

“Yeah that was weird,” he said. “It was like the elephant in the room.”

Hefner’s Playboy bunnies were also known to live in the mansion and were subject to mandatory 9pm curfews and film nights three times a week where Hefner’s favorite 1950s flicks would be played.

Crystal Hefner gives us a tour of The Playboy Mansion

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