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The mansion was originally built in 1853 as a summer estate for New York City socialite Elizabeth Shermerhorn Jones, the aunt of novelist Edith Wharton is said to have prompted owners of nearby Hudson Valley estates to build even bigger mansions, inspiring the phrase 'Keeping up with the Joneses' The last owner bought the home in 2003 with plans to restore it, but was forced to auction it off when he ran into financial troubles A dilapidated mansion in New York believed to have inspired the phrase 'Keeping up with the Joneses' has been sold at auction for $120,000. Comment?
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