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Upper East Side's opulent ‘Versailles’ mansion finally sells for $18.5M

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Alas, the purchase did not include a free Rolls Royce

Photos courtesy Leslie J. Garfield

Just when we’d pretty much given up hope that the Upper East Side’s knockoff Palace of Versailles mansion at 232 East 63rd Street would sell for anyone of its previous multi-million dollar asking prices, a new lover of gold leaf has sprung forth and scooped up the home for a cool $18.5 million.

For a bit of history, Ukrainian fertilizer billionaire Alexander Rovt purchased the home back in 2008 for a measly $6.96 million and proceeded to give the 12,000-square-foot home the renovation of all renovations. The space was befitted with everything from hand-painted silk-lined walls to a stained-glass dining room to the massive indoor pool and hot tub. Oddly enough, Rovt never took up residency within the house, which is likely why he originally listed it for an mind-blowing $27 million in 2011.

Needless to say, there were no takers and from there, the home has fluctuated between various different asking prices, even trying its luck as an $80,000/month rental property, and we’d be remiss to not mention the time when it was offering a free Rolls Royce with purchase. Luckily, the ordeal is finally over. The buyer is hidden behind an LLC.