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Inside the world’s most expensive house: Lavish mansion on the French Riviera that belonged to Belgian King Leopold II and the man who created Grand Marnier cognac is put up for sale for $410MILLION

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 5/06/2018 George Martin

a view of a living room filled with furniture and a large window: From one of the houses' many living rooms there is a panoramic view across the jutting coasts of the Cote d'Azur in the South of France © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited From one of the houses' many living rooms there is a panoramic view across the jutting coasts of the Cote d'Azur in the South of France An opulent 14-bedroom villa which once belonged to King Leopold II of Belgium has gone on sale for a whopping $410 million ($NZ584 million).

The Villa Les Cedres in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France, will lay claim to the enviable title of 'world's most expensive house' if sold for its multi-million dollar price tag.

Revealing photos from inside the 187-year-old mansion show the house in all its regal glory - having been first built for the King of Belgium using his profits from land-grabs in the Congo.

a living room filled with furniture and a fire place: Inside the lavish manse there is an ornate drawing room with antique furniture and an elegant chandelier which dominates the room © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Inside the lavish manse there is an ornate drawing room with antique furniture and an elegant chandelier which dominates the room It was then bought by the Marnier-Lapostolle family in 1924, 15 years after Leopold’s death, industrialists best known for producing Grand Marnier liqueur, a blend of cognac and triple sec.

The remarkable property recently passed into the hands of Italian brewing giants Campari - who put it straight on the market in October 2017.

Les Cèdres was built in 1830 and bought in 1850 by the mayor of Villefranche-sur-Mer, when it operated as an olive tree farm.

a group of palm trees next to a tree: There is also a pristine avenue of indigenous palm trees which line the immaculate lawn leading as far as the eye can see from the house © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited There is also a pristine avenue of indigenous palm trees which line the immaculate lawn leading as far as the eye can see from the house The fourteen-bedroom property comes with an Olympic size swimming pool, is in a glamorous coastal enclave close to Nice.

It has one of the most beautiful gardens in Europe, which includes 35 acres of manicured lawns, 15000 plants, and some 20 greenhouses containing rare tropical vegetation.

The palatial home features a ballroom and also stables for up to 30 horses.

a view of a living room next to a window: A framed photograph of Louis Alexandre Marnier Lapostolle on a table top sitting inside the drawing room of the regal villa © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A framed photograph of Louis Alexandre Marnier Lapostolle on a table top sitting inside the drawing room of the regal villa Close neighbours include British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and US tech tycoon Paul Allen.  

But despite the villa's obvious draws it seems the property has been struggling to sell as it is no longer available to view online, indicating that it may have been taken off the market. 

a living room filled with furniture and a fireplace: In the house's sitting room there is an enormous fireplace and several large French windows which open out onto the terrace © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited In the house's sitting room there is an enormous fireplace and several large French windows which open out onto the terrace Campari chief executive Bob Kunze-Concewitz told Bloomberg in October he had received approaches from Middle Eastern and North American buyers.

He also revealed that proceeds from the sale will be distributed among the shareholders.

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