Film director’s London home decorated with murals of dictators up for rent at £35,000 per month

Natasha Salmon
Tenants can get into bed with Stalin, Lenin and Saddam Hussein cushions: Kinleigh, Folkard & Hayward

A Hollywood film director has put his Knightsbridge home, featuring hand painted images of dictators, on the rental market for £35,000 a month.

The five bedroom and five bathroom home in London’s Brompton Square is not only extravagant in size but also its décor, with murals of infamous dictators scattered throughout the home.

One bathroom includes an image of dictator Saddam Hussein in the shower while Chairman Mao appears in another bathroom and living area.

Russian ruler Lenin features in multiple paintings and busts as well as on cushions alongside his successor Stalin.

The eccentric features continue with a life-size wax figure of Pope Jean Paul II under the stairs and another living space has a stuffed zebra as its centre-piece.

Roland Emmerich, director of blockbuster hits Independence Day, Godzilla and Stargate, is the owner of the property and is offering it for a short-let at £8,000 per week, which includes bills and wifi.

Saddam Hussein mural in the home of director Roland Emmerich (Kinleigh, Folkard & Hayward)
Chairman Mao and Lenin appear repeatedly throughout the home (Kinleigh, Folkard & Hayward)

The 4551sq ft property also features a desk made from the wing of a Second World War Dakota plane, curtains made from 150-year-old wedding dresses and hand painted art on many of the walls.

A life-size wax figure of Pope Jean Paul II can be found under the stairs (Kinleigh, Folkard & Hayward)

Daniel Bickerdike, lettings manager at Kinleigh, Folkard & Hayward in South Kensington, said: “The opportunity to live in such a unique home doesn’t come around very often.

“From the murals and ornaments inspired by figures from world history to Pope Jean Paul II sitting in the under-stairs cupboard, residents will be equally challenged, fascinated and entertained by the décor throughout this property.”

Lenin appears on multiple cushions around the house alongside stuffed animals (Kinleigh, Folkard & Hayward)

The accommodation comes at £34,666 per month and includes five double bedrooms, five bathrooms, two studies, private terraces and a cinema.

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