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The $35,000 House Tour, Guided by Bill Gates

gates houseIf you want to buy Bill Gates’s house, you’ll need something like $150 million. But a tour of the place, guided by the Microsoft (MSFT) co-founder himself? That’s a mere $35,000.

That’s how much an unnamed bidder has ponied up, via a Microsoft charity auction, for a look-see at Gates’s place. After the tour of the 48,000-square-foot complex, which is located outside Seattle on the shores of Lake Washington, the winner gets to nosh on some appetizers, TechFlash reports.

A year ago, the same tour, of the same house, fetched just $8,600. Go figure.

All of that is out of your price range? I understand. Here, for us proles, is a free, “virtual” tour of the place:


[Image credit: Tiktik]


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