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story.lead_photo.caption FILE - Dromborg Castle in southeast Fayetteville was completed in 2008. ( Michael Woods/ / Michael Woods)

The owners of a hilltop castle in Northwest Arkansas canceled an auction of the property that was planned for last week, a realtor said Monday.

The auction, which was to be held for a Fayetteville property known as the Dromborg, was scrapped before it was scheduled to begin on July 9, according to Katherine Hudson, the property’s listing agent. According to Hudson, the owners, Joan and Bruce Johnson, didn’t receive “acceptable pre-option opening bids.”

“It was a no-reserve auction, and I guess the sellers were presented with offers that were indicators, and those were unacceptable,” she said.

A Facebook page for the Dromborg lists the castle for $4.9 million in a post made Sunday, roughly half of the $9.7 million requested on the property’s “About” section.

Hudson said that, in spite of the cancelled auction, she is confident the Dromborg will be sold.

“Somebody will buy it,” she said.


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  • FollowDaMoney
    July 16, 2019 at 9:27 a.m.

    Curious-generally the Dem Gaz labels advertisements that appear to be news but this is missing. So they were going to auction it, the statewide newspaper reports it and gets lots and lots of attention, then they cancel the auction because no one wanted to pay retail and you guys re run the same story with their new asking price. Generally homeowners pay to have their home listed on the MLS and have to pay for exposure like this. Hope yall sent an invoice because if I was advertising with your Sunday home section I’d be wondering why millionaires who failed at a huge flip get it for free while the rest of us pay for it?

  • noname2u
    July 24, 2019 at 11:09 a.m.

    More drama about Dromborg. For God's sake, just keep the darn thing. Clearly you're asking more than other rich folk think it's worth. Maybe the next story about it should be why you're so eager to get rid of it. Having trouble keeping it up? Taxes too much? Let's hear *that* story; that would be something that the average Arkansan might could relate to.