Inside stunning California home where Sharon Stone and Michael Douglas romped in Basic Instinct that’s up for sale for £12million

THE stunning home where Sharon Stone and Michael Douglas romped in explicit thriller Basic Instinct has been put on sale for £11.9million.

The property in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, was owned by Stone's villainess character Catherine Tramell in the blockbuster film.

Its real-life owners were businessman and adventurer Steve Fossett, the first man to fly non-stop around the world in a balloon, and wife Peggy.

Steve vanished while flying a light aircraft over the Great Basin Desert between Nevada and California in 2007 and Peggy died in October last year.

They bought the lavish 12,000-square-foot home in 1997, five years after the release of director Paul Verhoeven's raunchy classic.

It boasts five bedrooms, seven bathrooms and unrivalled views of the North Pacific Ocean.

The ocean-front property also has two kitchens, a swimming pool and a two-storey library which rivals that in Disney classic Beauty and the Beast.

Basic instinct starred Douglas as detective Nick Curran who finds himself in a passionate relationship with writer Tramell, the prime suspect in the murder of a rock star.

It is best known for an iconic and hugely controversial scene in which Stone – wearing no underwear – uncrosses her legs during a police interrogation to expose herself.

Stone says it was filmed without her knowledge and Verhoeven had asked her to remove the underwear because it reflected light onto the camera lens – something he denies.

The actress, now 59, told Playboy she did not feel comfortable around co-star Douglas – but it worked for the film.

"I basically didn’t get to know Michael," she said. "There was something about the mystery of not knowing each other that lent itself to this situation."

Douglas was recently forced to deny he once performed a sex act in front of a female employee to preempt an unpublished article.

Douglas, 73, said he chose to go public to protect his two youngest children – daughter Carys, 14, and son Dylan, 17 – as well as eldest son Cameron, 39.

His wife, actress Catherine Zeta Jones, told People Magazine the situation was "very, very upsetting", adding: "Anything like that, that is erroneous and false, would take anyone by surprise."

Stone too recently revealed she was a victim of sexual misconduct in Hollywood, saying she has "seen it all".

When asked if she had been put in uncomfortable positions herself, Stone laughed and said: "Oh I've been in this business for 40 years.

"Can you imagine the business I stepped into 40 years ago? Looking like I look, from Nowhere, Pennsylvania? I didn't come here with any protection. I've seen it all."

She spoke out following the #MeToo movement, calling out the likes of alleged abusers like Harvey Weinstein, James Franco and Kevin Spacey.

It also comes as many in Hollywood rally around the #TimesUp initiative to provide voices and support to those who speak out against sexual misconduct.

Stone also spoke about her medical crisis in 2001, when a haemorrhage almost cost the actress her life.” target=”_blank” title=”Click to share on Twitter

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