#15 – Fleur De Lys – Beverly Hills, CA ($88.3 Million)
It took some investigating work for reporters to find out who purchased the Fleur De Lys estate in 2014, and it turned out to be Michael Milken, billionaire and founder of the junk bond company The Milken Institute. The home was sold for $88.3 million to make it the most expensive house ever bought in Los Angeles County.
The estate is built in a French style, which should come as no surprise given the name of it. It is almost an exact replica of the Vaux le Vicomte castle in Paris and takes up 4.6 acres. The French love their wine, and this house can accommodate the biggest aficionado with a 3,000 square foot wine cellar. That’s about three times bigger than the first apartment you ever lived in, to put it in perspective.
#14 – Woolworth Mansion – New York, NY ($90 Million)
We come back to the United States for the next few homes on the list, starting with the Woolworth Mansion which was built over 16 acres. The walls and the huge pillars in the home were made of marble, and the stairs alone cost $2 million back when construction started in the early 20th century.
It is believed that the Woolworth Mansion is haunted, as people who have visited the home have reported that they’ve heard moans and an organ playing in the middle of the night. It was bought after the original owners passed away to become a business school for women, before being bought by Martin Carey, who at the time was the brother of New York Governor Hugh Carey.