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Labor of love French chateau for sale

A view shows the ''Rotunda of Abundance'' and the sculpture "L'Abondance" (circa 1752) by Lambert-Sigisbert Adam known as Adam l'aine (1700-1759) in front of the facade of the Chateau de Menars. The vast 18th-century chateau on the banks of France's River Loire is likely to be sold for just a fraction of the amount a Middle Eastern businessman, inspired by his passion for a long-dead royal mistress, has spent restoring it.

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A view shows the ''Rotunda of Abundance'' and the sculpture "L'Abondance" (circa 1752) by Lambert-Sigisbert Adam known as Adam l'aine (1700-1759) in front of the facade of the Chateau de Menars. The vast 18th-century chateau on the banks of France's...more

A view shows the ''Rotunda of Abundance'' and the sculpture "L'Abondance" (circa 1752) by Lambert-Sigisbert Adam known as Adam l'aine (1700-1759) in front of the facade of the Chateau de Menars. The vast 18th-century chateau on the banks of France's River Loire is likely to be sold for just a fraction of the amount a Middle Eastern businessman, inspired by his passion for a long-dead royal mistress, has spent restoring it. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
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The music room of Madame de Pompadour in the Chateau de Menars. Edmond Baysari, 83, a Lebanese-born, Monaco-based property developer, bought the Chateau de Menars in the early 1980s and has spent the past three decades painstakingly restoring it to its original glory at a cost of more than $100 million.

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The music room of Madame de Pompadour in the Chateau de Menars. Edmond Baysari, 83, a Lebanese-born, Monaco-based property developer, bought the Chateau de Menars in the early 1980s and has spent the past three decades painstakingly restoring it to...more

The music room of Madame de Pompadour in the Chateau de Menars. Edmond Baysari, 83, a Lebanese-born, Monaco-based property developer, bought the Chateau de Menars in the early 1980s and has spent the past three decades painstakingly restoring it to its original glory at a cost of more than $100 million. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
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A painting "Portrait of Marquise de Pompadour, 1759" (R) by French painter Francois Boucher (1703-1770) is seen on a wall. All the while Baysari has been inspired by Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson, better known as Madame de Pompadour, the chief mistress of King Louis XV (1710-1774). She bought and embellished the chateau on a grandiose scale in the 1760s.

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A painting "Portrait of Marquise de Pompadour, 1759" (R) by French painter Francois Boucher (1703-1770) is seen on a wall. All the while Baysari has been inspired by Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson, better known as Madame de Pompadour, the chief mistress...more

A painting "Portrait of Marquise de Pompadour, 1759" (R) by French painter Francois Boucher (1703-1770) is seen on a wall. All the while Baysari has been inspired by Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson, better known as Madame de Pompadour, the chief mistress of King Louis XV (1710-1774). She bought and embellished the chateau on a grandiose scale in the 1760s. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
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With 62 bedrooms, more than 12,000 square meters (130,000 square feet) of living space, elegant gardens that descend to the banks of the Loire and a cobbled courtyard large enough to land a helicopter, the chateau is any billionaire's dream. The wine cellar has room for more than 30,000 bottles. Even more extravagantly, the property sports a wine-press that has never been used.

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With 62 bedrooms, more than 12,000 square meters (130,000 square feet) of living space, elegant gardens that descend to the banks of the Loire and a cobbled courtyard large enough to land a helicopter, the chateau is any billionaire's dream. The wine...more

With 62 bedrooms, more than 12,000 square meters (130,000 square feet) of living space, elegant gardens that descend to the banks of the Loire and a cobbled courtyard large enough to land a helicopter, the chateau is any billionaire's dream. The wine cellar has room for more than 30,000 bottles. Even more extravagantly, the property sports a wine-press that has never been used. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
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A view shows the Marquis de Marigny's bedroom. After decades of work on everything from the 18th century kitchen to the library and living spaces, Baysari has decided to sell. That means dropping a project that has filled the best part of his life since he retired at 32 with riches made in real estate.

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A view shows the Marquis de Marigny's bedroom. After decades of work on everything from the 18th century kitchen to the library and living spaces, Baysari has decided to sell. That means dropping a project that has filled the best part of his life...more

A view shows the Marquis de Marigny's bedroom. After decades of work on everything from the 18th century kitchen to the library and living spaces, Baysari has decided to sell. That means dropping a project that has filled the best part of his life since he retired at 32 with riches made in real estate. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
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One of the facades of the Chateau de Menars. The property magnate fell for the late de Pompadour as a young man, fascinated by her giddying rise to prominence, according to his lawyer Jack Anderson, the sale handler. "She was a renaissance woman, and he's a renaissance man," Anderson said. De Pompadour was a patron of the arts who expanded her palace with help from celebrated architects of the day, including Ange-Jacques Gabriel, who worked at Versailles.

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One of the facades of the Chateau de Menars. The property magnate fell for the late de Pompadour as a young man, fascinated by her giddying rise to prominence, according to his lawyer Jack Anderson, the sale handler. "She was a renaissance woman, and...more

One of the facades of the Chateau de Menars. The property magnate fell for the late de Pompadour as a young man, fascinated by her giddying rise to prominence, according to his lawyer Jack Anderson, the sale handler. "She was a renaissance woman, and he's a renaissance man," Anderson said. De Pompadour was a patron of the arts who expanded her palace with help from celebrated architects of the day, including Ange-Jacques Gabriel, who worked at Versailles. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
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A staircase in the Chateau de Menars. Anderson expects a sale at between 20 and 30 million dollars, adding that his client is relaxed about a price tag that pales next to his investment. "He realizes that destiny is going to take him - and hopefully he will be well-received by Madame Pompadour in the next world!"

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A staircase in the Chateau de Menars. Anderson expects a sale at between 20 and 30 million dollars, adding that his client is relaxed about a price tag that pales next to his investment. "He realizes that destiny is going to take him - and hopefully...more

A staircase in the Chateau de Menars. Anderson expects a sale at between 20 and 30 million dollars, adding that his client is relaxed about a price tag that pales next to his investment. "He realizes that destiny is going to take him - and hopefully he will be well-received by Madame Pompadour in the next world!" REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
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A two-wheeled cart is seen at the Orangerie. Famous visitors in the chateau's heyday included Voltaire. In Baysari's time, they included U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, whom he paired up for an informal summit. Others were rocker Mick Jagger and Britain's Prince Charles.

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A two-wheeled cart is seen at the Orangerie. Famous visitors in the chateau's heyday included Voltaire. In Baysari's time, they included U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, whom he paired up for an informal summit....more

A two-wheeled cart is seen at the Orangerie. Famous visitors in the chateau's heyday included Voltaire. In Baysari's time, they included U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, whom he paired up for an informal summit. Others were rocker Mick Jagger and Britain's Prince Charles. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
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"His (Baysari's) goal is to know that it's in the hands of someone who's going to continue the beauty of the chateau and maintain it," Anderson said. Whoever buys will need deep pockets. Current managers say it costs at least 450,000 euros a year to maintain.

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"His (Baysari's) goal is to know that it's in the hands of someone who's going to continue the beauty of the chateau and maintain it," Anderson said. Whoever buys will need deep pockets. Current managers say it costs at least 450,000 euros a year to...more

"His (Baysari's) goal is to know that it's in the hands of someone who's going to continue the beauty of the chateau and maintain it," Anderson said. Whoever buys will need deep pockets. Current managers say it costs at least 450,000 euros a year to maintain. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
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A painting "Portrait of Marquise de Pompadour, 1759" (R) by French painter Francois Boucher (1703-1770).

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A painting "Portrait of Marquise de Pompadour, 1759" (R) by French painter Francois Boucher (1703-1770). REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

A painting "Portrait of Marquise de Pompadour, 1759" (R) by French painter Francois Boucher (1703-1770). REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
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The facade of the Chateau de Menars.

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The facade of the Chateau de Menars. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

The facade of the Chateau de Menars. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
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A staircase in the Chateau de Menars.

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A staircase in the Chateau de Menars. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

A staircase in the Chateau de Menars. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
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The front garden and the facade.

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The front garden and the facade. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

The front garden and the facade. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
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