A 50,000-square-foot estate in West Los Angeles has sold for $102 million, making it the priciest home sale ever recorded in the county.
But the buyer of Fleur de Lys, a nearly 5-acre compound between Carolwood and Angelo drives, remains a mystery, the Los Angeles Times reported on its website.
According to The Times, the property was sold by Suzanne Saperstein, the ex-wife of Metro Networks founder David Saperstein. Although the buyer was initially believed to be a French billionaire, a grant deed obtained by The Times showed the tax bills will be sent to the Milken Institute in Santa Monica, raising questions of whether businessman Michael Milken was the buyer.
A representative for the former junk-bond king denied that Milken or the Milken Institute were involved in the purchase.
Although the sale of the property marks a record for Los Angeles County, it falls short of the U.S. record for a home sale. That honor belongs to last year's $117.5 million sale of a mansion on a nine-acre property in Woodside in Northern California, The Times reported.
The previous Los Angeles County record was $94 million paid in 2000 for a Bel-Air property sold by Dole Food Co. billionaire David Murdock, according to The Times.
The Fleur de Lys estate has been likened by some to a miniature Versailles. In addition to a tree-lined driveway, cobblestone courtyard and formal gardens, the estate also includes motor courts, a ballroom, movie theater, music room, wine cellar and tasting room, The Times reported.
Portions of the estate were seen in the 2011 film "The Green Hornet."
--City News Service