East German Village With Population of About 20 People Auctioned off For Just Rs 1 Crore
An entire village of Alwine in Germany has been bought by an anonymous bidder. The village is located at 150 km away from Berlin and was auctioned off on Saturday for $165,000. The auction house named Karhausen had set the minimum bid at USD 147,000 for the sixteen thousand square meter village. The buyer who was the only bidder during the auction now owns six homes and countless barns and outhouses. The village has no shops or any public services.
The population of the village is very sparse, only twenty people reside in the village. The population has reduced to this number since the closure of fuel plant.”Many interested parties made inquiries, including from abroad,” said Matthias Knake, a Karhausen spokesperson, according to Deutsche Welle. “The winner wants to do something good with this purchase — for the welfare of the people who live there,” Knake said.
The news was welcomed by many. Andreas Claus, mayor of Uebigau-Wahrenbrueck, the town to which the village belongs, told to one of the media outlets: “We are very angry that it had to come to this.” He said Alwine’s houses, are in urgent need of repair due to leaking roofs and broken wooden windows. The mayor added, “we’d surely like to talk to the buyer about his future plans.” Locals, however, expressed mixed feelings over the same. I cost more than 125,000 euros,” a villager told Spiegel.