Kluge sales: First the house, now the contents
Less than five months after Patricia Kluge placed her nearly 24,000 square-foot Albemarle House on the market for a record shattering $100 million, she's now planning to auction off the home's oh-so-grand contents.
On June 8 and 9, according to an auction house official, Sotheby's will hold an on-site auction at the 300-acre property in southern Albemarle County in an effort to unload an estimated $13.5 million worth of decorative objects, Georgian furniture, and paintings.
Does the sale of the Albemarle House contents mean there's a buyer for the voluminous south-of-Charlottesville home? After all, it's widely known that even small houses show better when beautifully furnished. The estate is still actively listed and Sotheby International Realty's Michael Rankin, listing agent for Albemarle House, did not immediately return a reporter's call.
Back in October, Kluge spokesperson Kristin Moses Murray said that Kluge and her husband, Bill Moses, planned to build a new house on the 2,000 acres she'll retain, which is also home to the Kluge Estate Winery and Vineyard. A Sotheby's release promises that new dwelling will not resemble Albemarle House but will instead reflect Kluge's "changing taste and more streamlined lifestyle."
So, maybe, 15,000 square feet?
–Correction: an earlier version of this post misspelled the first name of Kristin Moses Murray.