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Shaquille O'Neal sold the mansion he bought with his first NBA contract


Shaquille O'Neal's mega-mansion in Florida is finally off the market after the NBA icon listed it four times since '18 without ever fetching a buyer.

The Hall of Famer sold the 31,000 square-foot complex for $16.5 million -- almost $12 million under the asking price set three years ago. Shaq bought the property for $3.95 million ($7.2 million today adjusted for inflation) in '93, a year after he was drafted by the Orlando Magic first overall.

O'Neal only spent four years living in the mansion before relocating to LA to join the Lakers. But despite the change of dwelling, he chose to hold onto the first real estate he ever bought as an NBA player, returning frequently in the offseason and during the Lakers' road trips to play the Magic.

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Situated on four acres in the exclusive gated Isleworth Golf & Country Club, the property features 12 bedrooms, 11.5 bathrooms, a sound-proof home movie theater, a gallery hall for displaying art, and an ancient-Egyptian-themed aquarium room. It also has a 6,000-square-foot indoor basketball facility with the words “Shaq Center” printed on center court.

The outdoor area nicknamed “Shaq-apulco” boasts a 95-foot long swimming pool complete with a waterfall, boulders, and a swim-up bar. All of this looks out over the lake, the long private pier with boathouse, and the life-size statue of Superman -- Shaq's favorite comic book character. If the anonymous buyer happens to be a car enthusiast, a 17-car showroom should do.

Shaq's Florida mansion is no longer on his real estate list. If you want to know what's left on it, check out the video below!

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