The 65.4-metre motor yacht La Sultana has been sold with Edmiston introducing the buyer and Charles Ehrardt of Camper & Nicholsons representing the seller.
Built in steel by Bulgarian yard Giorgi Dmitrov (now Bulyard Shipbuilding Industry) and delivered in 1962, she originally served as a Black Sea passenger ferry. In 1970, however, the Soviet navy commandeered her for use as a spy ship. Officially, she served in the North Atlantic Ocean on behalf of the International Telecommunication Union, but behind the scenes, she is believed to have performed various other missions that have left her with a rich and colourful history.
In 2007, she was rescued by the hotel group La Sultana, which converted her into the opulent charter yacht she is today. A 2015 rebuild saw her stripped throughout and relaunched with a new interior that mixed art deco styles and Asian-inspired touches. Accommodation is now for 12 guests in seven cabins, all with bathrooms finished in marble and onyx. There are quarters for 17 crew.
Special features include an indoor freshwater swimming pool, a beach club with direct access to the sea and a vast upper deck with room to entertain up to 150 guests. Extras such as multiple tenders and a Mini Moke car are also included.Read More/La Sultana: The spy ship that became a superyacht
Her main saloon houses comfortable leather settees, while natural light is supplied through portholes with golden highlights. On the upper deck forward, the owner's private suite boasts a bar alongside soft bespoke furnishings. An ornate staircase services her four decks, with sun lounging available on her foredeck and main deck aft.
A single Mitsubishi 1,060hp engine gives her a cruising speed of 10 knots, top speed of 12 knots and maximum range of 4,000 nautical miles.
La Sultana was asking €9,800,000.