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Fairy tale mansion featured in Taylor Swift’s ‘Blank Space’ up for auction

New money, suit and tie — and a 32,000-square-foot estate. 

The fairy tale mansion featured in Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” music video — which has more than 2.8 million views on YouTube — is up for auction with a massive price cut. 

Initially asking $20 million, the 12-bedroom, 10-bathroom Long Island property is now asking for a starting bid of only $7 million. 

In 2015, Swift, now 31, won a MTV VMA award for Best Female Video for “Blank Space.”  In the video, Swift can be seen living in an opulent mansion and playing house with model Sean O’Pry.

Located in Glen Cove, New York, the residence is known as Winfield Hall and is complete with 56 rooms, space for 11 cars, 16 fireplaces, and even comes with an actual clock tower, according to Jam Press. 

Initially built in 1917, the property was designed by renowned architect C.P. H. Gilbert for Frank Winfield Woolworth — the founder of the original Woolworth store (also known as one of America’s first dollar stores). 

Taylor Swift in the "Blank Space" music video.
In the “Blank Space” video, Swift can be seen living in an opulent mansion and playing house with model Sean O’Pry. The fairytale building formed the backdrop for several scenes, including Swift’s dining room featuring an enormous chandelier, wood-paneled ceiling and white marble fireplace.
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The estate sits on over 16 acres of land.
The estate sits on over 16 acres of land. There is also a 15,000-square-foot clock tower with enough space to store 11 cars, which has previously been used as staff residences and office space.
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The property spans over 32,000 square feet.
The property spans over 32,000 square feet.
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The butterfly staircase made up of white marble.
The butterfly staircase made up of white marble.
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Another still from the "Blank Space" music video.
Another still from the “Blank Space” music video: The scene features Swift singing with tear-stained cheeks in a leopard dress next to an ornate fireplace.
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The formal dining room.
The formal dining room.
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A close look at the delicately-designed white marble fireplace.
A close look at the delicately designed white marble fireplace.
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At the time the home was first constructed, it was considered the largest  in the United States. 

One particular feature that stands out is the butterfly marble staircase, which was built as the focal point of the home and is estimated to have cost $2 million to build. 

The sprawling Gilded Age mansion sits on 16 acres of land and comes with sweeping lawns. 

The fairytale residence formed the backdrop for several scenes in Swift’s “Blank Space” video, including the dining room featuring a classical chandelier, a wood-paneled ceiling and a white marble fireplace.

The clock tower.
The clock tower.
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One of the main rooms.
One of the main rooms.
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The entertainment area.
The chess room.
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A ball room.
A ball room.
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The grand foyer.
The grand foyer.
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Another bedroom.
One of 10 bedrooms.
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Currently, the property belongs to Denise Bettencourt, an architect who specializes in preservation and restoration of Gilded Age mansions. She purchased the residence back in 1978, property records show.

In addition to its moment in the spotlight with Swift, Winfield Hall also served as a modeling and airline stewardess school for women in the 1960s.

The mansion is set to be auctioned on July 12 by Max Spann Real Estate & Auction Co.

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