Acting on a tip-off, I call Steve Doyle, owner of the Boston office of Northrop and Johnson who's happy to confirm that he acted for the buyer in yesterday's sale of Benetti's 49.95m Cuor di Leone, with Alex Lees-Buckley of Camper & Nicholsons representing the seller.
As recently as July 6th this column carried the news that her price had been reduced to €12.5 million. A wise move, as it turns out. Launched as Lionheart in 1999, Cuor di Leone sleeps 12 guests in a full-beam master suite plus four further staterooms. On a more personal note, this is a landmark for this column, as she was first reported on the market here on February 12th, followed by her price change and now her sale.