Château Louis XIV
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By Denver Nicks
December 15, 2015

A mansion in France has sold for the world’s highest-ever price tag of more than $301 million (275 million Euros), Bloomberg reports.

The Chateau Louis XIV sits in a 56-acre park outside Paris between Versailles and Marly-le-Roi, Bloomberg reports. The home—if you can call it that—took three years to build and includes an aquarium, cinema, a wine cellar and an outdoor fountain covered in gold leaf.

“With elegantly planted parterres, a gleaming gold-leafed fountain, an infinite array of flowers, marble statues, bridle paths and a hedged labyrinth, the property’s park and gardens evoke the genius of Le Notre, ” Cogemad, the luxury builder that constructed the site says on its website, a reference the famed gardener of King Louis XIV of France.

The chateau’s price—paid by an anonymous “Middle Eastern buyer” according to sources quoted by Bloomberg—is a significant jump over the previous record holding home price, $221 million paid in 2011 for a London penthouse, and well above the most expensive home in the United States, the so-called Palais Royale, a Florida McMansion modeled on Versailles.

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