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North Texas' biggest estate, with a 20-car garage, up for auction

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Steve Brown, The Dallas Morning News

DALLAS — A grand North Texas Estate is up for grabs at a bargain price.

The Champ d'Or mansion in Hickory Creek has more than 48,000 square feet — as big as a department store.

But no big box store has French-inspired architecture, reflecting pools out front and an indoor swimming pool.

Built in 2002 at an estimated cost of more than $50 million, the Texas French Chateau has been for sale almost since it was finished. It last changed hands a few years ago.

The original owners — Alan and Shirley Goldfield — found that it was too big for their needs.

Now, a New York-based auctioneer is offering the house with hopes of getting a $5.5 million to $10 million bid.

Concierge Auctions plans to sell the Hickory Creek palace at a June 28 bidding session.

"As we enter the next chapter of our lives, and choose to downsize and be closer to our grandchildren, we'll cherish the times here and know the next owner has many amazing adventures in store," current owner Zaf Tabani said in a statement.

The estate will be auctioned without reserve in cooperation with Kyle Crews of Allie Beth Allman & Associates.

The Champ D'Or estate is modeled after the Vaux-le-Vicomte chateau in Paris.

It has a two-story mahogany library, a ballroom, a conservatory, two elevators, a master suite with a steam room, hair salon, two-story "Chanel-style" closet and an exercise room.

The outdoor veranda seats up to 450 people. There's a catering kitchen, outdoor pool and pool house, a tennis court, bowling alley and racquetball court, a movie theater and a wine room.

There's a tea room modeled after New York's Tavern on the Green, and the garage has spaces for 20 cars.