Media heir beats Crowe to dream home
THE ELDEST son of media baron Rupert Murdoch beat Gladiator star Russell Crowe at a A$50 000-a-head auction to land a record-breaking Australian home, a real estate agent said this week.
Lachlan Murdoch saw off Crowe and eight other highrollers with his A$23 million dollar (R157m) bid, sealing the six-bedroom mansion in Sydney’s exclusive Bellevue Hill district.
“It’s the most expensive home ever sold at auction in Australian history,” estate agent Michael Pallier said.
Murdoch won last week’s invitation-only auction while Crowe, currently working on Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood, watched and bid by a video and phone link from a film set in the US.
“It’s has never been done before like this,” Pallier said. “Each person was asked to put down A$50,000 just for the auction... (Crowe) was on a movie set in America; he was watching it from there.”
Murdoch, 38, who is expecting his third child with Australian model Sarah, is expected to renovate the “elegant but not elaborate” home, which was recently vacated by France’s trade commissioner.
The French gover nment has owned the property, with harbour views and a pool, tennis court and large lawns on 4 000m of land, since 1955, Pallier said. – Sapa-AFP
OUTBID: Hollywood actor Russell Crowe paid A$50 000 to join the Australian auction by videophone from a film set in the US.