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Savile's cottage sold for £212k


The cottage in Glencoe owned by Jimmy Savile

The cottage in Glencoe owned by Jimmy Savile


The cottage in Glencoe owned by Jimmy Savile

The Highland cottage owned by disgraced TV presenter Jimmy Savile has been sold for more than double its asking price at auction.

The remote three-bedroom property in Glencoe was put on the market by trustees of the late DJ's estate for £100,000 but went under the hammer for £212,000.

The cottage was sold as lot 20 of 29 at an evening auction hosted by Ross Harper Property Auctions in Glasgow. The firm described it as ''a traditional refurbished detached cottage in an attractive location within scenic Highland countryside'' and highlighted its proximity to Glencoe Ski Centre.

''The grounds also boast a large outbuilding with one bedroom chalet, log store and there are garden grounds with waterfalls and a large parking area to front,'' the property website said.

Savile, uncovered as one of Britain's most prolific sex offenders, bought the whitewashed cottage named Allt Na Reigh in 1998. It was the target of vandals in the aftermath of the revelations with ''Jimmy the Beast'' spray-painted across the walls.

After a tentative start with a phone bid of £80,000 the sale became a frantic competition between a handful of bidders in the room with a series of offers from a phone bidder towards the end.

The cottage was sold to an older couple who were present at the auction. It is unknown if they are part of a group bid or individual buyers. They made no comment before they left the hotel where the auction was held.

Opinion has been divided over the future of the cottage, the previous home of renowned Scottish mountaineer Hamish MacInnes. Some have suggested it should be demolished while mountaineers think it should be transformed into a museum dedicated to their sport.

Previous plans to turn the property into a respite care centre for disabled people were abandoned when the Jimmy Savile Charitable Trust closed in the wake of the scandal surrounding the former Top Of The Pops and Jim'll Fix It host.

Detectives revealed in January that they have recorded 214 alleged sex offences, committed by the presenter who died in October 2011 aged 84. By March there were 450 claims made against the former Top Of The Pops presenter since Operation Yewtree was launched by Metropolitan Police last October.