The former estate of ex-Dallas Cowboys star Deion Sanders went up for auction earlier this week and someone sure got a deal: just under $4 million.
The property, in the affluent Dallas suburb of Prosper, was once marketed for $21 million, but that included 109 acres, the majority of which now belongs to Bloomfield Homes Inc. It’s on the books with Collin County Appraisal District for just over $11.7 million.
The official word from Concierge Auctions president Laura Brady, who conducted the event Tuesday, is that there were eight registered bidders, there was no reserve and there is a contract on the house.
“In only five weeks, the auction outreach efforts conducted by Concierge Auctions and Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty resulted in over 27,000 views of the property video, 356 visitors to the property and 49 prospect showings,” she said.
So who bought it? I hear he is a “person of the arts” in Dallas. During the auction he stayed mostly to himself and did not engage in any banter. What he got was the 29,000-square-foot house and 9.4 acres.
The 10-bedroom, 10-bath home has just about everything a professional athlete could want, including a regulation-sized indoor basketball court, full-sized football field, tennis courts, bowling alley, media room, arcade with wet bar, barber shop, indoor and outdoor pools with spas, 14-bay garage with two bays to fit a yacht or RV, cabana and full exterior kitchen, and 8-acre lake with fountain and private dock.
There’s also an awards gallery, but the new owner could repurpose that as a wine tasting room — or art gallery, perhaps?
The master bedroom has that custom circle bed with built-in headboard and side tables, the master closet is the size of an apartment, and there is a sunken sauna tub in the master bath. The master also has a glass wall rotunda with views of pool, extensive built-in cabinetry, Brunelleschi- and Bernini-inspired columns with Corinthian capitals, black granite gas fireplace, and a walk-out patio.
This is the home the former Dallas Cowboys football star and Prime Prep Academy founder shared with his ex-wife, Pilar, and their children.
A version of this story was originally published on Candy’s Dirt.