A New York fund manager and his wife have paid nearly $6 million for the Colgate mansion in Sharon, according to town records, the highest price paid so far this year for a home in Litchfield County.
Pablo Cisilino and Silvina Leone purchased the 19-room mansion and 109 acres from the estate of songwriter and producer Paul Leka, who had owned the property since the late 1970s. Leka, best known for his chart-topping "Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye) in 1969 that was later reborn as a sports stadium anthem, died in 2011.
The mansion, rendered in the 18th-century Italian Renaissance design, sold well below the latest asking price of $7.9 million.
William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty in Washington Depot announced the sale Monday and noted that it had set a record, based on the Connecticut Multiple Listing Service data. But the brokers declined to comment on the buyer or the price paid.
The home was built in 1906 for Romulus Riggs Colgate, a grandson of the founder of a soap and perfume business that would later become most well-known for its toothpaste. Romulus Colgate made his fortune in the hydro-electric generation business and the manufacture of lead-based paint under the brand "Dutch Boy."
The 12,000-square-foot mansion — with four massive, Corinthian-style columns at its entrance — has nine bedrooms, five full baths and three half baths. The interior includes hand-carved marble fireplaces, Mott and Fish ironwork, walnut and oak wall panels and woodwork and Palladian windows.
A reception hall could be used as a ballroom — entered through wrought-iron gates adorned with a family crest — has oak neo-Gothic wainscoting and hardwood floors framed in pale green marble. A series of plaster of paris figures of English noblemen, townspeople and clergy outline the ceiling.
The estate took three years to build and reportedly cost $2 million — about $51 million in today's dollars. The mansion stayed in the Colgate family until 1936. According to various newspaper reports, the estate fell into disrepair, but was restored in the 1990s.
Cisilino is a portfolio manager at Stone Harbor Investment Partners in Manhattan. Cisilino made headlines earlier this year in New York when he crashed his 2013 Ferrari and was severely injured.Copyright © 2015, CT Now