Friday 15 November 2019

Abramovich's old Russian apartment up for sale

Shaun Walker in Moscow

IF YOU have always wanted to get your hands on a bit of property fit for an oligarch, now's your chance. A former residence of Roman Abramovich is on the market. But it's not the tycoon's sprawling Colorado home up for grabs or his vast London mansion.

Instead, it's a tiny studio apartment in Moscow.

The 40-square-metre flat has been put on the market by Olga Abramovich, the billionaire's first wife, and it was home to the couple during their married years, when the Soviet Union was collapsing and the future Chelsea owner was a hustling market trader trying to make ends meet.

According to an unauthorised biography of Mr Abramovich, it was in this apartment that the billionaire uttered the words: "One day I'm going to buy the whole world."

At the time, Mr Abramovich was selling plastic toys in the market. If the couple had guests they had to sit on boxes and friends found the delusions of grandeur amusing. One of them told him that he should concentrate on buying a second pair of trousers instead. Mr Abramovich, of course, had the last laugh.

Sotheby's International Realty, refused to comment on the price. But its spokeswoman, Olga Grigorenko, said that the asking price was around twice the going market rate. (© Independent News Service)

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