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Jennifer Aniston Has a Sofa That’s More Expensive Than a House

Money logo Money 10/02/2018 Shaina Mishkin

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Jennifer Aniston, Kanye West and Ellen DeGeneres all have something in common: a penchant for a type of vintage French sofa that can fetch hundreds of thousands of dollars at auction.

In photos from a recent Architectural Digest tour of Aniston’s Bel Air home, the Friends star’s vintage Jean Royère Polar Bear sofa sits atop a light carpet in her living room. The couch’s mid-century style is charming, but you might not want to look if you’re on a budget. Jean Royère sofas similar to the one in the actress’s home have sold for up to $754,000 in recent years.

Jennifer Aniston posing for a picture © Sthanlee B. Mirador—Sipa USA via AP

If the name of the couch, also known as the “Boule” or “Ours Polaire” sofa, sounds familiar, it might be because it’s a fixture in other celebrity homes. Ellen DeGeneres is a known Jean Royère fan and Kanye West once said the plush sofa “is my favorite piece of furniture.”

“If I wasn’t an actress, I’d want to be a designer. I love the process,” says serial home renovator, and superstar actress Jennifer Aniston. “There’s something about picking out fabrics and finishes that feeds my soul.” Aniston’s commitment to the craft was certainly put to the test in her latest residential project, the reimagining of a Bel Air house that was designed by architect A. Quincy Jones and completed in 1965. Aniston enlisted the aid of #AD100 interior designer @stephenshadley to help preserve the modernist ethos of the original scheme while softening some of its sharp lines and outfitting the interior with tactile, organic finishes and furnishings. “Sexy is important, but comfort is essential,” she avers, pointing as evidence to the vintage Jean Royère Polar Bear sofa, Jacques Adnet armchairs, and Mies van der Rohe daybed arranged in the living room, pictured here. Take the full home tour through the #linkinbio Photo by @francoisdischinger; text by @mayer.rus; styled by @lawrenhowell

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Created by the French designer in 1947, the sofa experienced a resurgence in popularity starting in the early 2000s, according to Architectural Digest. With only about 150 ever made, the pieces can attract six-figure bids at auction. In 2016, two off-white Polar Bear sofas sold at Phillips auction, one for $754,000 and another for $358,000.

If those numbers are a little difficult to grasp, consider the fact that both couches cost their buyers more than the average U.S. home or four years of tuition, room and board at Harvard. A $358,000 check could buy three Tesla Roadsters, while $754,000 could pay off the average student loan debt for 44 graduates.

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