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Disgraced American Hero Lance Armstrong Flips Out in Austin

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Just six weeks after closing on a $4.34M mansion in Austin, Tex. (above), cycling's most famous doper, Lance Armstrong, has sold that very mansion to racing driver Bret Curtis for an undisclosed sum. While it remains unclear if Armstrong flipped the property for a quick profit or sold for some other reason, he has moved on to a new Austin home, this one purchased from former Lieutenant Governor Ben Barnes just five days after closing on the lakefront pad. Barnes—no stranger to controversy himself after being caught up in Texas' Sharpstown scandal—and his wife had owned the 1924 Mediterranean-style manse in the Old West neighborhood since the mid-1980s. The 15,800-square-foot mansion, squeezed onto a half-acre lot, seems less than ideal for an embattled public figure, but that hasn't prevented Armstrong from quickly forking over millions for it.

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