Melania Trump Tours Gold-Plated Mansion
President Donald Trump was busy enjoying a game of golf while his wife, Melania, took time to tour a magnificent mansion plated in gold.
The First Lady visited the Gilded Age house in Palm Beach, Florida, along with her Japanese counterpart Akie Abe.
Ms Abe’s husband Shinzo Abe played with Trump at his nearby country club, while the pair toured the 100,000-square feet manor, which was built by oil tycoon Henry Flagler.
It is thought Mr Flagler gave the magnificent building, which boasts 75 rooms, to his third wife, Mary Lily Kenan Flagler, in the early 20th Century. Historians believe the construction totalled $4 million (£2.8 million) at the time, which would amount to an impressive $110 million today.
The mansion now features as part of the Flagler Museum, open to the public, although having Flagler’s great grandson William Matthews as the tour guide was probably a privilege saved for the First Ladies.
Of course, gold-plated homes are pretty normal for the likes of billionaires such as the Trumps. After all, they own their own gilded Florida mansion just three miles from the Flagler home.
Mar-a-Lago is sometimes described as a castle, stretching over 20 acres and encompassing 128 rooms, Town and Country magazine revealed.
The Palm Beach mansion was originally built by cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post in 1927. She had left the estate to the US government in her will to be used as a “winter White House”, but president Jimmy Carter returned it to her heirs due to its high maintenance costs.
In 1985, Trump bought it for a bargain $5 million after the property crash, and spent an extra $3 million on its antique and furniture. He has also bought four gold-plated sinks worth $100,000 and built a 20,000-square-foot ballroom in gold leaf at a cost of $7 million.
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