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Hugh Hefner gets boulder for helping to save Hollywood sign

September 28, 2011 |  9:51 am

Hugh Hefner

Hugh Hefner will be honored for helping the Trust for Public Land acquire the mountaintop next to the Hollywood sign.

No, he won't be getting a golden trophy or a fancy dinner. He'll get a boulder.

Trust officials said Tuesday they plan to place plaques on large boulders to thank the Playboy magazine founder and two others who stepped up at the last moment to donate $1 million each to acquire Cahuenga Peak from its Chicago-based owners.

The donations from Hefner, philanthropist Aileen Getty and the Tiffany & Co. Foundation allowed the trust to meet an April 2010 deadline set by the owners of the 138-acre mountaintop just in time.

They had said they would sell it for $11.7 million after purchasing it for $1.7 million in 2002 from the estate of Howard Hughes. Hefner's donation put the fundraising campaign over the top.

Read more about Hefner and Cahuenga Peak at latimes.com.


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Photo: Hugh Hefner at the Playboy mansion in Los Angeles. Hefner helped the Trust for Public Land acquire property next to the Hollywood sign. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times