The highest bid for the stately Van Dusen Mansion in Stevens Square was $3.55 million when the month-long eBay auction closed at 8:45 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 8.
Van Dusen Mansion co-owner Christine Viken, who owns the mansion with her husband Earl Clausen, said she couldn’t disclose who the buyer is until details are finalized. The mansion had been available for almost four years before it was posted to eBay in an ad that read “Thy Kingdom Come Soon on eBay.”
The 12,000-square-foot mansion includes 10 fireplaces and a ballroom. It was constructed in 1892.
There were eight bidders in the contest and almost 20,000 views of the webpage containing the ad. On some days, there were clicks on the page every 15 seconds.
Viken said she and her husband decided to sell the mansion they purchased in 2001 for $2.95 million because “It wasn’t the right business for us,” she said.
The Van Dusen had been available for rental for special events. Previous owner Bob Poehling bought the mansion after it had sat vacant for over 10 years. The Stevens Square Community Organization (SSCO) dipped into its Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP), contributing $300,000 to support it.
Viken said the eBay auction had a “high curiosity factor” and captured people’s fancy in a way that a regular auction wouldn’t have done. “It’s been fun and funny,” she said.