Me­dia heir beats Crowe to dream home

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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.

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