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It has played host to hedonistic parties, lavish fashion shoots and even Oscar winning films, but now the six storey mansion purchased for just £50,000 by convicted fraudster and self-styled Lord, Edward Davenport, is to be sold in order to keep him out of prison.
Once home to the High Commission of Sierra Leone, 33 Portland Place, is one of the most unique properties in London, and under Davenport’s tenure became a magnet for those seeking the ultimate in excess.
But the 48-year-old, who was released from a seven-year prison sentence in May after being convicted of master minding a multi-million pound fraud, must now sell the house in order to pay £14 million in legal bills.
The 24 bedroom property, which boasts London’s only hydraulic wall – that rises and falls at the touch of a button – is expected to up to £30 million when it is sold.
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