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Heaven's Gate suicide site on the market

house September 29, 1997
Web posted at: 11:27 p.m. EDT (0327 GMT)

RANCHO SANTA FE, California (CNN) -- Anyone wanting to purchase the home where 39 members of the Heaven's Gate cult committed suicide six months ago must put in a bid within two weeks, says a California real estate agent selling the home.

Realtor Burt Sveine said the home, located in a posh San Diego neighborhood, is being offered on a sealed-bid-only basis, with all offers due by October 14.

"Come and see your perception of the new 'Heaven's Gate' estate," says a flier about the sale of the sprawling home where members of the sect committed suicide in March for what they hoped would be a rendezvous with a UFO trailing Comet Hale-Bopp.

The nine-bedroom, seven-bathroom estate -- complete with swimming pool, tennis courts, putting green, sauna and elevator -- is worth about $2.2 million to $2.5 million, Sveine said.

The flier adds, "This property is being sold with the 'movie rights' passing to the new owner and in 'as is' condition and status."

For those interested, Sveine can be reached at 1-888-2- HEAVEN. Sveine represents owner Sam Koutchesfahani, who rented the home to the cult.


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