Three buildings featured in Jane Austen’s novel ‘Persuasion’ are sold at auction for £ 4 million.
The wealthy Lady Dalrymple lived ‘in style’ at Laura Place in Bath, Somerset in the classic book published in the early 19th century.
Numbers 10, 11 and 12 – all listed on Rank I – are now listed for sale and are expected to yield millions of pounds.
Office and residential buildings, the buildings are located near The Rec, home of Bath Rugby, in the middle of the picturesque Georgian city.
The three buildings, acquired by the current owner between 1960 and 1980, cover nearly 17,000 square feet and bring in annual income in excess of £ 225,000.
There are currently two vacant apartments and two vacant offices in the properties, said auction company Acuitus Bespoke.
Peter Mayo, of the firm, said: “These properties are truly unique and occupy a prominent position in a beautiful part of Bath.
“We expect there will be interest, not least because of the site’s associations with Austen and the possibility of owning a landmark in the city.”
Laura Place was built in 1788 for Sir William Johnstone Pulteney and is named after Henrietta Laura Pulteney, who inherited the estate in 1792.
Jane Austen wrote ‘Persuasion’ between 1815 and 1816 and based Lady Dalrymple on the picturesque site.
It was the last novel she wrote, published in late 1817 – six months after her death.
The sale will take place online on December 15th.
Mr Mayo added, “Close to ‘The Rec’ – the famous home of Bath Rugby – and minutes’ walk from Pulteney Bridge, these are truly exceptional buildings in a UNESCO World Heritage Site.”
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