Famed Historian and Collector Lists Masterful Beverly Hills Abode for $10M

A circa-1985 home on Beverly Hills’ iconic Rodeo Drive just hit the market. It has a long list of famous past residents, but the deed currently rests with historian Louise Taper, who is used to having rare and unique belongings. Taper is a famous collector of Abraham Lincoln artifacts and has made headlines for her holdings. Now, for $9.995 million, someone can add this home to their real estate collection.

In 2007, Taper famously sold her 1,500-item private collection of Abraham Lincoln artifacts to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, according to NBC News. The estimated value was around $20 million. But, that doesn’t mean this two-story home wasn’t safe enough to hold any other cherished pieces she might possess. After all, the property sits behind double gates, with a curving driveway passing these two checkpoints to arrive at the elegant entry.

Inside, ceilings soar above a step-down formal living room and a vast kitchen stands around a geometric and gargantuan island. It’s also spacious, boasting 5 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms, plus plenty of wall space for art.

Adding intrigue, the residence built by Columbia Savings & Loan has only had three owners. Before Taper moved in, Big Night executive producer David Kirkpatrick owned it and could have used that kitchen to make a timpano or two. David L. Wolper, the producer behind Roots and the 1971 Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, also called it home.

A true respite for the creative or the collector, the Rodeo Drive home lists with Billy Rose of The Agency.