Monticello replica goes up for sale

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SOMERS, Conn. (AP) -- A replica of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello mansion goes on the auction block later this month.

The 10,000-square-foot house in rural Somers, Connecticut, was built in 2014 for $7.7 million by S. Prestley Blake, co-founder of Friendly's ice cream and restaurant chain. It has never been lived in, and failed to sell for a reduced listing price of $4.9 million.

Blake, a Jefferson fan, built the mansion ahead of his own 100th birthday.

The luxury home mimics the original from the outside, but has an updated interior that includes an elevator, gourmet kitchen, and lights and heating that can be controlled from a phone app.

Concierge Auctions says some potential bidders in the May 31 sale want to turn the home into a bed and breakfast or wedding venue.

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