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February 17, 2016

'Big Lebowski' House Is Donated to L.A. Museum

The striking modernist house featured in the 1998 cult film The Big Lebowski has been bequeathed to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, along with a $17 million endowment for its upkeep, the Los Angeles Times reports. The museum estimated the full value of the gift at $40 million, a figure donor James Goldstein called "conservative."

Mr. Goldstein, a Los Angeles real-estate investor, has lived since 1972 in the 53-year-old house above Beverly Hills, which stood in for the home of the pornographer and loan shark played by Ben Gazzara in the Coen brothers comedy. The architect, John Lautner, designed a number of unorthodox homes in the region in decades after World War II. "For me it ranks as one of the most important houses in all of L.A.," said Michael Govan, the museum's director and chief executive.