Behold, the world’s most expensive home

Chateau Louis XIV
Chateau Louis XIV

Your $100 million mansion just lost some prestige. Chateau Louis XIV, a 56-acre estate located between Versailles and Marly-le-Roi, just sold for 275 million euros, roughly $301 million. That makes it the priciest confirmed single-family home sale ever.

Built in a 17th-century style, the newly constructed estate sold to a Middle Eastern buyer in a private sale through Christie’s International Real Estate, sources told Bloomberg.

The house includes an aquarium, cinema, wine cellar and a fountain covered in gold leaf.

“With elegantly planted parterres, a gleaming gold-leafed fountain, an infinite array of flowers, marble statues, bridle paths and a hedged labyrinth, the property’s park and gardens evoke the genius of Le Notre,” Cogemad, the house’s developer, said on its website, referring to the gardener of King Louis XIV of France.

The previous confirmed record price paid for a home was set by a London penthouse in London that went for about $221 million in 2011.

However, there have been some very near misses. For one, Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov lost a 10 percent down payment on a 390 million-euro villa in southern France in 2010 after backing out of the deal.

Le Palais Bulles
Le Palais Bulles

And this incredibly bizarre mansion on the Côte d’Azur is asking $455 million.