Merv Griffin’s Luxury Estate For Sale for $9.5 Million

Merv Griffin (Photo: Getty Images)

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — The California desert home of the late TV titan Merv Griffin has been put up for sale for $9.5 million.

The Desert Sun reported Friday the 39-acre property in La Quinta, Calif., features a 5,000-square-foot home, an equestrian compound with a racetrack and a lagoon.

The Moroccan-style estate was put up for the sale this week and is the latest celebrity home in the Palm Springs area to hit the market.

Gerald and Betty Ford’s home in nearby Rancho Mirage sold for nearly $1.7 million in March. (She died last July; President Ford died in December 2006.)

Griffin, who died from prostate cancer in 2007, was one of the most successful personalities in the history of television. He hosted a string of talk shows in both daytime and late-night throughout the ’60s and ’70s, and created “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune,” arguably the most financially lucrative TV shows ever produced.

Griffin was such a canny moneymaker that he even made money from the music played on “Jeopardy,” most notably the famed piece of music that plays as the contestants mull their answers in “Final Jeopardy” — music Griffin composed himself.

The story on the Desert Sun Web site has a slew of photos of Griffin’s Palm Springs home that you just gotta see. Click here to see them.

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