Last month, we told you about a haunted Italian island off Venice that was on the auction block. Well, you missed out -- it's officially been sold.
The leasing rights (but not the actual land itself) to Poveglia -- abandoned since the late 1960s and at one time a quarantine for people with the plague -- were purchased by Luigi Brugnaro for $704,000 (513,000 euros). The wealthy owner of a recruitment agency outbid the Poveglia Association, a local organization determined to keep the island free from commercial development, which raised/bid 440,000 euros. They had proposed building a cafe and sailing store on the property, as well as offering archaeological courses. The state agency in charge of the auction has 30 days to decide whether they'll accept Brugnaro's offer.