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If the walls of 266 West End Ave. could talk, they’d probably have some far-too-sexy-to print details as to what went on inside the 28-foot wide, pre-war, limestone mansion.

If the walls of 266 West End Ave. could talk, they’d probably have some far-too-sexy-to print details as to what went on inside the 28-foot wide, pre-war, limestone mansion. The sultry 1930s and ’40s Hollywood seductress Mae West once called the six-story, six-bedroom, nine-bathroom, almost-14,000-square-foot architectural masterpiece her home. The actress — who famously made witty quips like: “Is that a gun in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?” — brought drama and elegance to the Upper West Side lair, states the Sotheby’s listing.

The next owner will enjoy, among other amenities, walls adorned with Alexandre-Francois Desportes murals, a carved-oak staircase that makes for cinematic entrances, a ballroom, an oak-paneled dining room, a mahogany library, a large clerestory skylight, a landscaped rooftop terrace, a gym, sauna, steam room, grotto, wine cellar and elevator.

Light is a major theme for the mansion designed by architect Rudolphe Daus. Solid bronze windows let light flood in and present both city and garden views, which are also appreciated from the mansion’s deck, courtyard, patio, gardens and balcony.

The current owner, who is a plastic surgeon and documentary filmmaker, paid a paltry $1.2 million for the pad back in 2004. Perhaps the massive price increase to $30 million, which he is currently asking, can be attributed to the reconstructive “houselift” he gave the mansion.

Regardless, it can’t be argued that he got quite a deal.

Being famous in the UWS

Mae West wasn’t the only star-studded fox calling the Upper West Side home. The neighborhood is famous for its celebrity residents, such as Marlon Brando and Dorothy Parker.

–Shira Levine is a freelance writer living in New York City
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