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Schumacher's Norway retreat sold for $3m

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Schumacher's Norway retreat sold for $3m
A photo from the sale documents. Photo: Screen grab from Finn.no
08:23 CET+01:00
The Norwegian mountain holiday home owned by Michael Schumacher has been sold for close to 22 million Norwegian kroner ($2.9m), as the former Formula One star continues his slow recovery in Switzerland.
“It was his refuge from the media pursuit he has suffered throughout his life,” Petter Birkrem from the PRIVATmegleren real estate firm, told Norway’s DN newspaper, adding that he was “very pleased” with the sale, which came three months after the property was first listed. 
 
Before suffering severe head injuries in a skiing accident at the start of last year, the seven-time World Champion driver spent several months every year at the 645-square-metre lodge in Trysil, north of Oslo, skiing with his family and playing football with the local sports teams in Nybergsund.
 
According to Philippe Streiff, a fellow Formula One driver also paralyzed in an accident, Schumacher only began to recognize family and friends in December, a year after suffering severe head injuries in a devastating ski accident in Switzerland. 
 
Birkrem said his firm had taken special precautions to prevent the media exploiting the sale to gain insights into the star’s life before his accident. 
 
No photos of the house’s interior were included in the sale documents and those viewing the property were carefully vetted before being allowed to visit. 
 
Before entering the interior of the house, all potential buyers were stripped of cameras and mobile phones. 
 
Birkrem said the buyer was a foreigner who few in Norway would have heard of. 
 
“We had a viewing for this person and his family at the very start of winter. They got a real 'wow' feeling when they came into the cabin,” he said.  
 
Schumacher bought the house in the mid-1990s. It includes a cabin on nearby ski slopes, a spa in the basement, and garage space for up to seven cars. 
 
According to Birkrem, earlier plans to sell the cabin in 2014 were upset by Schumacher’s accident. 
 
 
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