Australian motorcycle champion Mick Doohan is putting his sprawling Gold Coast estate up for auction as part of a new marketing push.
Known as Diamond Head, the 18-hectare estate features panoramic views, a vast river and a lavish mega-mansion at its heart.
The property, which he has rented out to the likes of Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp, first appeared on the market in March 2021 through an expression of interest campaign.
Eighteen months later, Amir Prestige Estate Agency will put the property up for auction on September 28 at the Spring Grand Auction.
“We’re putting it up for auction to speed up the sale and let buyers know we’re selling,” said Amir Mian, director of Amir Prestige.
“Of course there is nothing to sell desperately, it is just the spring selling season and we want buyers to come and view and possibly secure a property before Christmas.
“This is a special property and in my opinion properties like this should be put up for auction.”
The mansion was built by Doohan’s brother, Scott, a former motorcycle racer turned builder who heads the award-winning Gold Coast company Doohans Developments.
Highlights of the mansion include eight heated marble-floored bathrooms, a 2,000-bottle wine cellar, a movie theater, a gym, pool rooms, a trophy room, four offices, a six-car garage, a private dock, a light aircraft landing strip and space for landing and positioning the helicopter.
There is also an air-conditioned boathouse, boarding house and caretaker’s residence.
Mr Doohan, who won five 500cc world championships in the 90s, is now a multi-millionaire with global interests.
The property, which Mr. Doohan bought for $1.7 million in 1996, has been in the international spotlight for years.
In 2015, it became the focus of a legal battle between actor Johnny Depp and his then-wife Amber Heard.
The couple filmed the estate while Mr Depp was in Australia filming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
It is understood that film star Brad Pitt has also rented the property as a private compound.