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Bel Air mansion flops at auction after being listed at $87.8 million


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An over-the-top modern mansion in Bel Air was listed for $87.8 million for an auction this week. But the very best bid got here in slightly below $45.8 million, in response to the house’s seller, dermatologist-turned-developer Alex Khadavi.

“Horrible, Horrible, Horrible!” was how Khadavi characterised the auction results to CNBC. He filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection two weeks after putting the house available on the market last 12 months.

Despite flashy amenities resembling a stealth DJ booth that rises out of the lounge floor by hydraulics, a black marble-clad automotive gallery and a glass and marble bridge suspended above the foyer, the auction for the property in the posh Los Angeles neighborhood failed to satisfy the $50 million reserve, the bottom amount Khadavi would entertain.

“No person told me this thing’s going to go below, below this level,” he said.

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Dr Khadavi seated on top of the DJ booth that rises from beneath the ground at his spec house in Bel Air.

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Khadavi — who owes tens of tens of millions of dollars to several creditors, in response to court filings — had hoped the auction would precipitate a sale price large enough to cover his debt. However the doctor told CNBC he wasn’t glad that the auction, which concluded Monday evening, coincided with large drops in each equities and crypto.

Khadavi also said he believed his take care of the auctioneer, Concierge Auctions, precluded the corporate from starting the bidding under the reserve price. So when the five-day auction opened, he was shocked to see the auction house start bidding $10 million below the bottom price he’d agreed to contemplate. The vendor believes that lower-than-expected start line set the stage for what happened next.

The bids got here in slow and on the last day of the auction the very best bid was accepted, and it fell about $4.2 million wanting the reserve. The last offer of $46.8 million before the auction closed wasn’t achieved.

A screen grab of the auction results from Khadavi’s cell phone.

Alex Khadavi

Concierge Auctions had no comment on Khadavi’s confusion over why bids began below his reserve. The auctioneer wouldn’t reveal what number of bidders actually bid within the auction. But the corporate’s president, Chad Roffers, offered this statement via email:

“After a spirited auction, the bidding is closed and the high bid is within the hands of the Trustee. With over 80 qualified showings within the last 60 days, we’re confident market value was delivered.” 

A glass-and-marble bridge overlooks the lounge and results in the owner’s wing.

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Typically, a seller isn’t required to just accept a bid below the reserve price, however the auction of Khadavi’s property, situated at 777 Sarbonne Road, is a little more complicated since it’s a part of bankruptcy proceedings. Khadavi told CNBC that in early June the very best existing offer on the house will likely be considered by the court and if it’s approved the sale will move forward whether he likes it or not.

Khadavi is now in a race to seek out a suggestion that exceeds the highest bid delivered within the auction and he said he’s considering legal motion against the auctioneer for what he called a “flawed” auction.

“Truthfully, I’m not glad,” co-listing agent Aaron Kirman of Compass said. “We wanted more.”

But Kirman said he doesn’t imagine the auction was flawed. “At the tip of the day, the very best bidder is the very best bidder,” said the agent, who’s been involved with several luxury real estate auctions.

An almost 50% price cut isn’t unusual for high-end properties that sit available on the market for a protracted time period before finally going to auction. Based on CNBC’s review of recent ultra-luxury auctions, the highest 4 mansions to ever sell at auction saw their original asking prices chopped by 68% or more.  

The Bel Air deal will include a court-approved 5% auction fee, which will likely be paid by the customer, in response to the auctioneer’s website. That might bring the property’s current offer to simply over $48 million. If the sale get’s court approval, the mansion could be the fourth most costly home to ever sell at auction.

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