10 of the world's most expensive homes

  • The $89.4 million Kensington Palace Gardens, London

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    Indian steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal calls this Kensington Palace Gardens home his "Taj Mittal." He bought it for £57 million -- about $89.4 million in today's dollars -- from English business magnate Bernie Eccclestone in 2004. The estate's nickname is only sort of a joke: Mittal renovated it with marble that was sourced from the same quarry as the actual Taj Mahal.

    The property is on the tree-lined "Billionaires' Row," where other highly affluent people like Roman Abramovich and Leonard Blavatnik also own property. It has 55,000 square feet of space, 12 bedrooms, a Turkish bath, swimming pool, picture gallery and ballroom.

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