The executor and former wife of Australian author Sue the Cat have sold their £30 million home, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
The family of former Australian cricket star Billie Piper have bought the estate in a move that is likely to leave Ms Piper’s former son-in-law in a “very uncomfortable position”, the broadcaster reported.
Ms Piper was born on December 5, 1928, in Sydney, and was raised by her grandparents.
The 60-year-old died in 1996, aged 76, of colon cancer.
The estate, which was built on a former military airstrip, had been owned by the family since 1994, when the couple were forced to sell the house for a small profit.
“Sue’s death was traumatic for the family and the estate was not financially sound, so it was the perfect time for us to make a sale,” a spokeswoman for the estate told the ABC.
The house is now being sold by a company that specialises in selling private estates, but Ms Piper has said the sale was the “perfect thing to do” for her family.
“I can’t say enough good things about Sue and her wonderful family, and I’m just very sad for them,” she said.
“The last few years have been very difficult for Sue and I know that she will miss them all.”
Mr Piper has been described as a “tragic legend” in Australia, with his former wife, Susanne Piper, writing a book about the couple’s relationship in 2011.
Ms Patterson, whose mother died in 2006, said she had been told the sale of the estate “was a matter for the local community”.
“The town council has been very helpful in helping us to secure a suitable buyer for the property, and we look forward to welcoming them into the community,” she told ABC News.
The Australian Capital Territory Government has yet to confirm whether the property is for sale.
It is currently the property of the former governor of the Territory, Mark Gartland, but he has since resigned.
He is due to leave the state of Queensland later this year.
The ABC said the deal was done through a partnership between the family, a property developer and the Australian Government.