MANSION SHOPPERS: YOU’LL JUST FLIP!

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Here’s an event that may appeal to bargain vultures as well as to those members of the hoi polloi aching for an up-close glimpse of how the other half lives.

In fact, it might appeal especially to someone who’s ready to start living with the other half, and doesn’t mind paying for the privilege.

A riverside mansion located at 444 Navesink River Road in Middletown will be the site of a sizable estate sale Saturday, with hundreds of pieces of funiture, jewelry and other items going on the block, says auctioneer Jeffrey Zimmerman of Time & Again Auction Gallery in Linden.

The big item, though, is the house itself. Minimum bid: $2.5 million.

Funny, the place was just sold two months ago for $2 million.

According to Monmouth County records, the property was acquired on April 30 by Carl Giuseppone of Manhattan from sellers Ronald and Larissa Zenker, who bought it in 1998 for $735,000.

Attempts by redbankgreen to to reach Giuseppone this week were unsuccessful. The real estate broker handling the listing — Frank Pento, of Heritage House/Sotheby’s in Holmdel, according to Zimmerman — did not respond to a message left for him.

The property doesn’t appear to be among the listings on either the Sotheby’s site or the Monmouth County Multiple Listing Service site.

But from what we can gather from a photo and the sketchy info on the county site, the house is about 3,100 square feet in a Chateau style with a two-story turret. The grounds are said to measure 253 feet by 270 in an irregular shape. Zimmerman says there’s a dock.

Zimmerman says the home’s contents, as well as pieces from two or three other estates, will be sold.

Included are Victorian and French furnishings, jewelry, a trio of classic cars, Oriental rugs, duck decoys, signed memorabilia from the worlds of professional sports and entertainment and more.

Time & Again has a website showing many of the pieces to be sold but nothing, curiously, about the house itself.

Auction previews will be held today and tomorrow from 3p to 8p.

Bidding on the estate pieces kicks off Saturday at 10a. Zimmerman says he expects the house to come up on the block in the early afternoon.

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