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July: Elizabeth Taylor
Regal beauty Elizabeth Taylor passed away in March and her hideaway estate hit the market as a pocket listing in May for $8.6 million. It didn't take long for the luxurious ranch to sell. By July, the estate was picked up not by another A-Lister, but by an anonymous buyer rumored to be in the manufacturing biz. Although previous reports claimed the final sale price was undisclosed, property records now show the sale price to have been $8 million.