THE YEMIN MOSHE mansion of colorful and somewhat eccentric philanthropist and oil tycoon Guma Aguiar, who disappeared in Florida in June 2013 and was believed drowned when his empty boat returned to shore, has been sold to a non-Jewish Italian millionaire with close ties to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, according to a report in Yediot Yerushalayim, which says the property was sold for NIS 12.5 million.

Aguiar had purchased two adjoining apartments facing the Western Wall, and had broken through them to convert the premises into one large, three-story house. Ownership of the property was in dispute between Aguiar’s wife and his mother following the disappearance; the Custodian of Absentee Property appointed two separate law firms to act on behalf of the two parties.

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