Wondrous 'Star Wars' house in rainforest sells before no-reserve auction
All eyes were on this one, but the no-reserve auction of the "Star Wars" house in the Queensland rainforest never happened.
And that's because the house was sold in a secret last-minute deal just before it was due to go to auction.
Alkira, as it is known, was sold for an undisclosed amount, reports Domain. It is believed there was a lot of negotiating between the Australian buyer and owners, stamp collector Rod Perry and his wife Marider, who have been trying to sell for around three years.
Asking prices over the three years had ranged between A$8 million and $14m (NZ$8.3m to $14.6m). But with the no reserve auction looming, interest had heightened to unprecedented levels.
Unique Estates director Nicolette Van Wijngaarden says, "All I can say is it was a southern buyer who is very excited to use the property as a holiday home. The buyer visited the home and spent some time up there and met the owner and fell in love with it – they bought it as a result."
The Star Wars house was designed by notable architect Charles Wright and has won numerous awards – it even made the final shortlist of the World Architecture Festival in 2014.
Wright designed it as a new sustainable tropical housing prototype for off-grid coastal locations. The concrete house appears to float in its own lake.