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An 18th-century French chateau where rock legends including David Bowie, Elton John and Iggy Pop recorded albums has been put up for sale for $1.73 million.

Dubbed the “Honky Chateau” by John, who named a 1972 album after the estate, the Chateau d’Herouville about 30 kilometres outside Paris hosted a recording studio owned by French composer Michel Magne until 1984.

A series of classic albums were recorded at the studio in the 1970s including Bowie’s “Low”, Iggy Pop’s “The Idiot”, Pink Floyd’s “Obscured by Clouds” and Bee Gees tracks “Stayin’ Alive” and “How Deep is Your Love”.

A real estate agency listing for the chateau says it includes 30 rooms, a 42,000-acre park, a pool and a tennis court.

The studio continued operating after Magne’s death in 1984 but shut down in 1985 and several projects to revive it fell through over the years.

The Château d'Hérouville is a French château of the 18th century (1740) located in the village of Hérouville, in the Oise valley near Paris. The castle was built in 1740 by Gaudot, an architect of the school of Rome. In the 19th century, it was used as courier relay station (between Versailles and Beauvais) and stabled a hundred horses. The composer Michel Magne purchased it in 1962 and converted it into a residential recording studio after a fire devastated the left wing of the building in 1969. The musician, director and sound engineer Laurent Thibault took over management of the studio in June 1974. Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, Jethro Tull, Cat Stevens, Iggy Pop, David Bowie, Bee Gees, T.Rex, Joan Armatrading and Pink Floyd have all recorded here. The studio closed on July 25, 1985


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