LOS ANGELES - Nearly six years after her death, the former Studio City home of Anna Nicole Smith is close to being sold for $1.3 million.

Howard K. Stern, Smith's long-time confidante and lawyer -- who now is the executor of her estate -- is seeking court approval of the sale of the residence, where the former Playboy Playmate's reality television show, "The Anna Nicole Show," was filmed, according to court papers recently filed by his lawyers.

A hearing is scheduled Jan. 15 before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff.

The proposed sale price represents a drop from the estimated $1.8 million value of the home at the time of Smith's death, according to Stern's court papers. The home was recently appraised at $1.45 million.

Stern's court papers state the sale will be "to the advantage of the estate and in the best interest of the interested persons."

The proposed buyer is named as Rouzbeh Zoka, trustee of the Rouzbeh Zoka 2012 revocable trust. The trust has deposited $39,000 as part of the purchase price.

The 4700-square-foot home has five bedrooms and six bathrooms.

Smith died Feb. 8, 2007, in Florida at age 39 from an accidental overdose of drugs.


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