Behold Billionaire William Koch’s $89.9 Million Sprawling Timber Abode

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By Kristin Tablang

Officially the priciest home listed in Aspen—asking just shy of double the asking of the (now) second most expensive listing in the affluent Colorado city—this rustic estate listed by businessman William Koch sits on a 55-acre compound, set against a lush mountain backdrop.

Formerly a wedding venue, Koch transformed the ski house into his private vacation home after scooping it up for just $26.5 million back in 2007, adding a bridge, a new road, and an upgraded septic system to the massive.

The property’s main house—a mammoth log cabin that measures in at 32,614 square feet—features a whopping 15 bedrooms, along with eight full baths, five half-baths, and 11 three-quarter baths, providing ample living space for its residents (and a dozen or so of their closest friends and family).

Decorated by design firm Rowland + Broughton—who teamed up with architect company Bridges, Marsh and Associates—adorned the grand residence with plenty of plaid and antlers, as well as a “leather-wrapped bannister” by its main entrance, and naked art (tastefully…?) positioned in its elegant dining room.

As if all that isn’t enough room, there’s also the nine other structures sitting on the estate’s grounds…

Fuente: hauteresidence.com

Sentimental Billionaire Steve Wynn Takes Home Jeff Koons’ Stunning ‘Popeye’ for $28 Million

By: Kristin Tablang

Steve Wynn nabbed one of Jeff Koons’ ‘Popeye’ sculptures for a cool $28 million, after placing the highest bid at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction last week.

An avid art collector, the casino mogul reportedly plans to install the 2,000-pound Popeye – immortalized in his signature macho man pose, clutching a can of spinach – at Wynn’s Las Vegas casino.

According to Alexander Rotter, co-head of contemporary art at Sotheby’s, “Popeye represents the beginning and the end of pop art.”

Koons’ gleaming, 6.5-foot tall rendition of the beloved cartoon character is a three-of-a-kind piece thoughtfully crafted by Koons – an indisputable master of creating oversized sculptural works, who has created an assortment of sculptures, from giant balloon dogs, to toy trains and tulips.

Believe it or not, Wynn’s winning bid is not the highest price one has ever paid for one of Koon’s pieces. Last fall, the legendary artist’s “Balloon Dog” became the most expensive work ever sold by a living artist when it was sold for $58 million at a Christie’s auction.

Fuente: hauteresidence.com

Billionaire Charles Koch Buys $5.25 Million Property in LA

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By Allie Early

Billionaire Charles Koch just purchased this attractive modern manse in the Pacific Palisades’ Rustic Canyon area. Offering 5,493 square feet, two stories, five bedrooms and 5.5 baths, this immaculate listing is sure to be a great new residence and entertaining spot!

Inside, the home boasts a stone-floored entrance hall, floor-to-ceiling windows, a center island kitchen, a family room and high ceilings. The property’s small backyard also offers a gorgeous pool, entertaining deck, barbeque station and outdoor fireplace.

Fuente: hauteresidence.com

Billionaire David Murdock Lists Epic $30M Spread

dm21This brick beauty is one of the gems of billionaire David Murdock’s dazzling real estate portfolio. Built in 1927 and designed by architect Gordon B. Kaufmann, the listing offers a prime location and plenty of square footage (somewhere between 9,657 and 12,435). Though there are discrepancies in the listing information, the property also likely offers around six bedrooms and eight bathrooms.

This exclusive property offers a pool house and guest house, luxurious greenhouse, statement staircase, sunroom, walnut flooring, maids quarters and a so-called “gentleman’s bar.”

Murdock originally paid $10,000,000 for the property in 2001.

fuente: hauteresidence.com