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John Hamilton, Newport Sports Museum founder, selling Corona del Mar home for $22.9 million

John Hamilton, Newport Sports Museum founder, selling Corona del Mar home for .9 million

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John Hamilton’s 8,600-square-foot, Corona del Mar home is on the market. DAVID HEATH

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John Hamilton’s 8,600-square-foot, Corona del Mar home is on the market. DAVID HEATH

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John Hamilton’s 8,600-square-foot, Corona del Mar home is on the market. DAVID HEATH

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John Hamilton’s 8,600-square-foot, Corona del Mar home is on the market. DAVID HEATH

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John Hamilton’s 8,600-square-foot, Corona del Mar home is on the market. DAVID HEATH

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John Hamilton’s 8,600-square-foot, Corona del Mar home is on the market. DAVID HEATH

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John Hamilton’s 8,600-square-foot, Corona del Mar home is on the market. DAVID HEATH

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John Hamilton’s 8,600-square-foot, Corona del Mar home is on the market. DAVID HEATH

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John Hamilton’s 8,600-square-foot, Corona del Mar home is on the market. DAVID HEATH

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John Hamilton’s 8,600-square-foot, Corona del Mar home is on the market. DAVID HEATH

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John Hamilton’s 8,600-square-foot, Corona del Mar home is on the market. DAVID HEATH

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John Hamilton’s 8,600-square-foot, Corona del Mar home is on the market. DAVID HEATH

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John Hamilton’s 8,600-square-foot, Corona del Mar home is on the market. DAVID HEATH

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John Hamilton’s 8,600-square-foot, Corona del Mar home is on the market. DAVID HEATH

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John Hamilton’s 8,600-square-foot, Corona del Mar home is on the market.DAVID HEATH

John Hamilton, founder of the Newport Sports Museum, is selling his 8,600-square-foot house overlooking China Cove in Corona del Mar for $ 22.99 million.

With its distinct, copper roof, the five-story home is built into a cliff, hiding the front of the residence from the street. Inside, motorized, curved, floor-to-ceiling doors disappear, leading to a wrap-around patio with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, the Wedge surfing spot and the entrance to Newport Harbor.

Built in 1971, the house underwent significant renovations in 2008. It includes six bedrooms, a living room with a cedar ceiling, formal dining room, a kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances and a breakfast nook with a heated floor. A “gentleman’s office,” as described in the listing, has wood paneled walls, built-in bookcases and a bar.

The five-stop elevator replicates a diving bell. Jutting into the gym is a 17-foot, limestone wall – part of the cliff.

But the home’s most salient feature could be the more than 1,000-square-foot, temperature-controlled, 4,000-bottle wine cellar and richly appointed tasting room, once featured in Wine Spectator magazine.

The listing agents are Georgina Jacobson, Michael Carpenter and Pallie Jones of Coldwell Banker Previews International.

Hamilton’s sports museum, which closed last year, was arguably the largest personal collection of sports memorabilia in the world, most of which had been on display at the site for 18 years. It included such items as the golf clubs of five U.S. presidents, Muhammad Ali’s signed boxing glove, and the Lakers jerseys of Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Kobe Bryant.

The museum was set up as a nonprofit, its mission to keep youngsters in school and off drugs by getting them involved in athletics. It hosted thousands of children every year and featured guest speakers from the sports world.

Last year, Hamilton was inducted into the University of Southern California’s Athletic Hall of Fame. In addition to citing the museum, the university recognized him as a driving force in the hall of fame’s development.

China Cove gets its name from the China House, a historic pink residence built in 1927 by a Pasadena resident whose wife loved Chinese architecture and culture. The landmark home, with its elaborate scrolling and curved lines, was demolished in the 1980s.

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