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This mega-mansion in Los Angeles was the priciest home to go on sale in the US at $250m. It was the brainchild of Bruce Makowsky, of BAM Luxury, who spent four years and employed 250 people to work on it. It has a home cinema, bowling alley and sauna. (SWNS)

16 of the most spectacular homes to hit the market this year

From spectacular US mega-homes to sprawling Cornish mansions, we have featured dozens of truly stunning properties in 2017.

It may be that you are lusting after the solitude of a Spanish island; or perhaps a connection to rock royalty is more your thing; maybe you dream of owning a sparkling new apartment in one of London’s most exclusive addresses.

Whatever your personal preference, here we look at 16 of the best homes to go on the market in the past 12 months…