For sale: $17.8m 'Versailles' mansion built specially for wedding


With the average cost of a wedding in the UK now standing at over £18,000, it takes serious expenditure to get noticed.

But one Canadian couple must be contenders for the most extravagant wedding expense - a mansion based on the Palace of Versailles. The house, which features a balcony especially designed for the couple's first kiss, is now up for sale just a year after the wedding for $17.8 million, according to the Toronto Star.

The 24,000 square foot mansion forms part of the exclusive Vaughan Wood Estates on the outskirts of the village of Kleinburg. It has six bedrooms and 12 bathrooms, and displays a similar level of glitz and gilt as the French original - with the addition of an indoor swimming pool and seven garages. It features hand-painted walls and ceilings, four-poster beds and dozens of gilded chandeliers.

The house took five years to build, leading the unnamed owners to postpone the wedding several times. In the end, the celebration went ahead last year, with 100 friends and family members dressed in Venetian costumes witnessing the balcony kiss.

"I know it sounds corny, but it was all for the kiss," says the owner.

But the Canadian house pales into insignificance compared with another mansion based on the Palace of Versailles, currently under construction in Florida. Billionaire David Siegel and his wife are building a 90,000-square-foot version that includes a theatre inspired by the Paris Opera House, a bowling alley, a roller-skating rink and a 30-car garage. The spa alone extends to 10,000 square feet, and the floors are to be inlaid with semi-precious stones. Siegel has said he might consider selling it for $100 million.

When finished, the house will be the largest in the US - but not the largest in the world. That honour goes to the Mumbai residence of India's richest man, Mukesh Ambani. It's 27 storeys high, with a floor area of 400,000-square feet, and features a health club, 50-seater cinema and three helicopter pads.

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