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Someone Is Auctioning Off a 51,000-Square-Foot Mansion in L.A.

It was listed five years ago for $53 million. It never sold. Now its owner has run out of patience.

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In the mid 1990s, John Blazevich was looking for a project. At the time, he was president of Contessa Premium Foods, a frozen-food manufacturer he founded in 1984, “and my dream was to build an architectural tribute to California, in the style of the Getty Villa or Hearst Castle,” he says.

After buying adjacent lots in a gated community south of Los Angeles called Rolling Hills, he began a construction process that lasted more than a decade.