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An urban explorer shared pictures of a mysterious abandoned mansion he discovered near London.
Once a house anyone would be proud of, the huge property to the north of the city is eerily preserved, and an investigation eventually discovered it had belonged to a Greek tycoon who had 'disappeared in the night' three years before.
A watch stuck in time lies untouched on a bedside table while designer clothes are still stacked up on rails in a bedroom.
The wealthy owners' abandoned clothes include Yves St Laurent, Gucci and Louis Vuitton.
As well as the designer gear, there are empty fish tanks lined up in a grand hallway and a dishwasher still has the plates inside washed and ready to use.
But the kitchen now has part of the roof collapsing in as a sign of the damage to the house.
A Japanese-theme piano takes pride of place in one of the rooms with the music left out ready to play, while stacks of china sit on a living room table next to oddly white and dust-free sofas.
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Upstairs, a huge bathroom contains a jacuzzi bath with half-used shampoo and conditioner bottles lined up nearby.
Amazingly, a potted plant is still alive in its pot on a windowsill next to a telescope lined up ready for its owner to look at the night sky.
And even more eerily, a half-finished game of chess is placed on a dining room table, a further nod to the fact that the house's occupants may have fled hastily.
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A utility room has a snooker table and outside, four or five cars – including a rusted Bentley – lie in overgrown grass.
The urban explorer who took the images said he had never seen such a well-preserved house.
He said unopened post had filled the entrance hallway, starting in 2016, so it appears the family fled four years ago.
"It was an amazing house to visit," he said.
"I've seen a lot of these places and most are in a far worse state than this one.
"It was literally like the people who lived there got up in the middle of the night and ran without taking anything. There was dry cleaning still in the plastic wrapping – it appears they didn't even pack a bag."
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He said he believed the former occupants were Russian, but Land Registry documents show the house is owned by a Dorset-based company.
"Maybe they fled back to Russia?" he added.
"It must have been a fast move as even their toothbrushes were still there."
It is reported that Athanasios Tachmintzis, 70, a Greek millionaire and father-of-five, bought the luxury house back in 1999.
The reclusive property tycoon lived there for almost two decades with his two daughters and at least one of his sons.
But it remains unclear who was living at the mansion at the time it was abandoned.
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