This “eloguent” gilded mansion in Dubai just hit the market for $204.2 million US.
It’s in the uber-exclusive gated community of Emirates Hills (Beverly, please!) and the maxed-out faux Versailles is known as the Marble Palace.
- two domes with hand-carved glass
- 160 marble columns
- sweeping dual staircases
- custom precious stone & crystal dining table
- coral reef aquarium
- indoor koi fishpond fountain
- indoor pool with mother of pearl details
- Gym with steam room, sauna & 24-carat gold hot tub
- “Presidential” home office
- 3800 sq ft primary bedroom suite
- 16-car garage
- & 700,000 sheets of gold-leaf!
George Azar, CEO of Luxhabitat Sotheby’s International Realty says,
Every aspect of this project reflects an extraordinary commitment of time, energy and dedication by the team involved.
70 skilled artisans devoted more than nine months to meticulously apply 700,000 sheets of gold leaf that embellish the property
… the palace’s grandiose design is the culmination of a rigorous 12-year research and analysis of royal palaces and residences, which entailed frequent trips to Europe.”
Seriously, what makes it look so tacky to my eye is the use of so much white marble. If you compare to the great estates of Europe, like Buckingham Palace or Hearst’s San Simeon there’s a lot more carved dark wood used which grounds all that gold.
It no doubt took a lot of hard work by talented artisans to achieve this Disneyland palace on steroids. And untold millions.
As Dolly Parton famously says,
It costs a lot of money to look this cheap!”