Recently, media outlets released photos of the lavish New Year’s Eve party thrown at Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump’s prestigious golf club in Palm Beach, Florida. And while there’s still much to learn about the “winter White House,” the extravagant photos left many of us wondering what an evening like that would cost. The answer, of course, depends on whether or not you’re a club member — but it’s safe to say that partying at such a posh resort doesn’t come cheap.
The history of Mar-a-Lago
Trump was not the original owner of the Mar-a-Lago estate. It was built in the 1920s by Marjorie Merriweather Post, a businesswoman and philanthropist. Post and her husband already had a large mansion to live in, but she wanted something bigger to suit her entertaining needs. Despite her extravagant tastes, Post wasn’t looked down on for her money — in fact, she never hesitated to help others, and many called her the most generous woman they had ever known.
After Post’s death in 1973, the cost of the upkeep of Mar-a-Lago became too much to handle for the Federal Government (to which Post had willed it). Donald Trump offered the Post family $25 million for it (according to him), but they rejected him. Trump then purchased the property between Mar-a-Lago and the ocean, threatening to build a house there that would block their views. He eventually bought Mar-a-Lago in 1985 for a mere $8 million, which got him the property along with its impressive furnishings and antiques.
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