in november 1957, shortly before her marriage to mickey hargitay, jayne mansfield bought a 40-room mediterranean-style mansion formerly owned by rudy vallée at 10100 sunset boulevard in holmby hills, los angeles. much of the investment to buy the house came from the $81,340 ($664,887 in 2013 dollars) she inherited from her maternal grandfather elmer palmer. mansfield had the house painted pink, with cupids surrounded by pink fluorescent lights, pink furs in the bathrooms, a pink heart-shaped bathtub, and a fountain spurting pink champagne, and then dubbed it the pink palace. hargitay, a plumber and carpenter before getting into bodybuilding, built a pink heart-shaped swimming pool. mansfield decorated the pink palace by writing to furniture and building suppliers requesting free samples. she received over $150,000 ($1,226,126 in 2013 dollars) in free merchandise, paying only $76,000 ($621,237 in 2013 dollars) for the mansion itself. it was still a large sum, when the average cost of a house at the time was under $7,500 ($61,306 in 2013 dollars).