The 40-acre luxury California ranch originally built by the late actor Jack Klugman is to be auctioned later this month.
Klugman, a thoroughbred owner and breeder, died on Christmas Eve last year. He was 90.
The property has extensive horse facilities, reflecting Klugman’s interest in the industry.
The 14,000 square foot Spanish-style estate compound is nestled in the wine country of Temecula.
It was originally listed for sale for $US12 million, but will now go to auction with a starting bid of only $US2.9 million.
The main residence is 9000 square feet and there are four guest houses.
As well as horse facilities, it has a five-hole golf course, pool and tennis court.
The on-site auction, set for July 27, is being run by Premiere Estates Auction Company, in conjunction with Chad Rogers of Hilton & Hyland, and Karin McCoy of Allison James Estates & Homes.
The horse compound was designed as a thoroughbred breeding and training facility. The property has two riding arenas, yards and irrigated pastures.
There is an 18-stall barn, an additional 14-stall barn, an 8-stall mare motel, a hay barn, and a vet clinic.
Auction marketing specialist and broker Anthony Fitzgerald said: “This expansive and unique luxury estate compound built by a Hollywood movie legend is a one-time, one-day event. The auction platform will give one very lucky buyer a chance of a lifetime.
“With its location in the heart of wine country, it has the potential to be a gorgeous winery, private estate or country club. The possibilities are endless.”
Klugman won acclaim for his many roles on stage and screen, but was probably best known for his role as the gruff Oscar Madision in the television show, The Odd Couple.
The series aired from 1970 to 1975, with Klugman winning his second and third Primetime Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award for his work on the series.
From 1976 to 1983, he starred in the title role in Quincy, M.E., for which he earned four Primetime Emmy Award nominations.
On his passion for horses, Klugman once said: “I always loved to gamble. I never got close to a horse. Fate dealt me a terrible blow when it gave me a good horse the first time out. I thought how easy this is. Now I love being around them.”
Klugman co-owned Jaklin Klugman, who ran third in the 1980 Kentucky Derby and fourth in that year’s Preakness Stakes.