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Photos: 'King Of L.A.'s Gay Nightlife' Selling Everything He Owns

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Club promoter Mario Diaz was hailed as the "King of L.A.'s Gay Nightlife" by WeHoVille in 2013, and for good reason. He's responsible for the Full Frontal Disco party at Silver Lake's Akbar, and for BFD (Big Fat D___) at FUBAR in WeHo. The names alone tell you what kinds of party they are. It's certainly not high tea!

Before that, he'd made a name for throwing parties in Seattle and New York's East Village—the old stomping grounds of Lou Reed and every bohemian and weirdo alike. But then Rudy Giuliani became mayor of New York City in the mid-90s, and he imposed a city-wide crackdown on everything fun.

Diaz later moved to L.A. to pursue acting. He also starred in his very own documentary. Now, his latest venture is...selling his estate? Yup, as the King explains on Facebook, he just wants to shop:

Full Disclosure...I miss shopping. So I've decided to sell EVERYTHING I OWN. And it's a lot!
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After 10 fantastic years in my brilliant house I've decided to sell it while the market is good. In this process I've decided to trim the tree and make room for new growth and possibility. So here we are....MAJOR MOVING SALE! No I'm not leaving LA. I'm now looking for a place to rent if you have any leads. And then someday soon I'll buy another home to fall in love with.

Starting at 9 a.m on Thursday, you'll be able to snatch up a bunch of Diaz's stuff. They include a lot of bizarre artifacts, antique furniture, Playboy mags, a lucha libre mask, Patrick Nagel prints, and some hot dog memorabilia. He also has some paintings from Margaret Keane (she's the one who does those "big eyes").

Want to add a bit of (cool) kitsch to your pad? Check out our gallery to see if anything piques your attention.

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