Pierre cardin has just listed his futuristic compound in the south of France for an eye-popping $455 million.
NINETY-THREE-YEAR-OLD avant-garde fashion designer Pierre Cardin is selling out. In late September he listed his outré “Bubble Palace” on the Côte d’azur for a reported $455 million. The 13,000-square-foot complex—which looks like a cross between a Flintstones amusement park and something a dermatologist might treat—contains 28 spherical rooms, two swimming pools and a 500-seat amphitheater.
If he gets his price, Le Palais Bulles will be the costliest known sale of a private residence ever—and by a wide margin the most expensive to change hands on the French Riviera. Several nearby mansions have been listed for more than $100 million in the past decade—but that’s still about 80% less than Cardin is dreaming of, and none of those homes looks as if it were designed by a toddler with a beige crayon.
Admittedly, there’s the saga of Villa Leopolda in Villefranche-sur-mer, which was commissioned by King Leopold II of Belgium and was once home to Fiat titan Gianni Agnelli. Billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov reportedly made a $750 million ofer to the villa’s current owner, Lily Safra, in 2008—but then backed out (and lost his $55 million deposit).
But asking $455 million for an eccentric home half the size of Villa Leopolda? That’s either performance art … or marketing genius.
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infationary: pierre cardin’s Bubble palace is certainly not your average half-billion-dollar property.