What's probably the most expensive house in the country appears to have been sold, for a reported £280 million.
The mansion, at 2-8a Rutland Gate in Knightsbridge, has 60,000 square feet of living space, 45 bedrooms and a swimming pool in the basement.
It's been on the market since the death of its owner, Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, in 2012. And the buyer is believed to have knocked £20 million off the original £300 million asking price.
"We have received an offer of £280 million, and it is under consideration," Cedric Emmanuel of property agents Swiss Group confirmed to the Independent.
The buyer hasn't been named, although other sources tell the paper that there has been interest from another Saudi national, as well as from a Russian and the nearby Qatari embassy.
But the new owner, whoever they may be, is believed to be uninterested in the house's elaborate furniture and fittings, designed by interior designer and photographer, Alberto Pinto.
As a result, the contents - believed to have cost £50 million - are up for sale by auction this week. And with an expected total guide price of just £500,000, there are clearly some bargains to be had amongst the 1,200 lots - as long as your taste runs to gold-plated everything.
Even the bathroom fittings, including showers, bidets, vanity units and accessories, are for sale - some decorated with semiprecious stones including malachite and amethyst.
"Every piece in the Knightsbridge auction is unique and has been maintained to the highest specifications," says Mark Flynn, dorector of Pro Auction Limited, which is handling the sale.
"We are confident this sale will awaken the bidders' tastes, with available lots that simply cannot be purchased on the high street."
The auction is taking place today and tomorrow at Millennium Knightsbridge. The first of many pairs of gold-plated tissue boxes have already sold, for £360 the pair - hurry, while stocks last.
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