Comedian Milton Berle is selling his longtime home in Beverly Hills because it contains too many memories of his late wife.

"I didn't have to sell the house," Berle said. "But there are too many memories there, you know, after being married 36 years."The 81-year-old comic is negotiating to lease a penthouse on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles for $12,000 a month. His house sold for more than $3 million cash to the owners of a mortgage company.

The 60-year-old home went on the block in October following the death of Berle's wife, Ruth, in April. They had lived in the house for 19 years.

Berle had asked $3.65 million, but apparently the property needs work.

"It has a lot of character but needs updating, and that's what the buyers plan to do," said Yaffa Lerner, who sold the house.