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Hearst Castle holds sleepover

October 8, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
How much would you pay to sleep in Hearst Castle? One California couple bid $27,266 on eBay to do just that.Jay and Dana Hagen of Marin enjoyed a two-day stay at the castle this past weekend.

It's the first time in at least half a century that someone other than a Hearst relative or a castle guide was allowed to stay overnight at the castle.

The couple joined eight other people for a swim in the famous pool, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres on the terrace, a billiards game and dinner in a guest house.

The group also got a customized four-hour castle tour.

The two-day extravaganza was part of a Friends of Hearst Castle adventure that the Hagans won in a 2008 eBay auction.

The organization will use the proceeds to maintain the castle and continue to educate the public.

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