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Oscar Wilde’s house goes up for sale

December 1, 2012 by  
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The red brick house in London’s Chelsea that was once the home of author Oscar Wilde is up for sale. He wrote most of his iconic work in the house which has a price tag of $1.8 million.

Today Tite Street it is one of the most prestigious and expensive locations in the United Kingdom.

“It isn’t a high price in the context of the street,” Robert Green, the estate agent handling the sale is quoted by The Daily Telegraph as saying. “You could spend over £15 million on a substantial house here, and there was a smaller one for sale at £4.95 million at the end of last year. We think it could go to an overseas buyer who wants a pied-à-terre in a smart part of Chelsea…”

“The link with Oscar Wilde makes it a very special property, especially as you would get to sleep in the very same room where he wrote some of his famous books and plays. The property has also been beautifully decorated and would allow someone to simply move in and enjoy the flat,” the estate agent’s spokesman Tom Wilson said.

The writer moved into the house in Tite Street in 1884 with his new wife Constance. Many painters, writers and other prominent bohemian people lived in the area at the time, The Daily Telegraph reports.

Wilde lived in the house until 1895. While at the top his fame Wilde prosecuted the Marquis of Queensberry for libel. However some unexpected evidence forced the writer to drop his legal case. Instead he faced a counter suit from Marquis, the father of Wilde’s then lover Lord Alfred Douglas. The trial for gross indecency with other men landed Wilde in prison.

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