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Your Chance to Own a Private Island
Celebrities, Sports Stars and Super-Rich to Bid for Island in the Bahamas
By SCOTT MAYEROWITZ
ABC NEWS Business Unit

LEAF CAY, Bahamas, June 14, 2007—
Have you ever wanted to own a little piece of paradise?
Well here’s your chance.
A 15-acre private island on the edge of the Bahamas goes on the auction block in two weeks. Bids start at $12 million.
The island has white sand beaches, two homes — one for you and one for your staff — a dock, tons of food and living supplies and your own private runway which are all included in the sale.

“It’s not for everybody, but it’s a real good place to get away, completely relax,” said businessman Jack N. Halcomb who has owned the island for roughly 20 years.

So who plans to buy the island? Maybe a developer looking to build a boutique resort or just a rich individual.
“We have exposed this particular property & around the world, primarily targeting celebs and sports figures and super-wealthy business personalities,” said Louis “Benny” Fisher, chairman of Fisher Auction Co. “It’s obviously for the individual who has everything and then some.”

Inquires have come from as far away as Ireland, Spain and China. Even royalty from Dubai has expressed interest, although they belong to a small group of shoppers.

“We haven’t been deluged because let’s face it not everyone is of the economic status that they can afford a place like this,” said Fisher.

The island has been marketed to celebrities including lovebirds Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, and Hollywood legends Sean Connery and Steven Spielberg. But Fisher notes that just because he has reached out to these stars, it doesn’t mean they are interested or that he’ll know if they make a bid.

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