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Woman buys $6.5-million Manhattan apartment for two-year-old

A Chinese mother has bought a $6.5-million (U.S.) apartment for her daughter, which might not be news except for one important fact: Her daughter is two-years-old.

Sotheby's International senior vice president Kevin Brown, who sells high-end real estate in New York, said the woman purchased the apartment for her daughter to live in when she attends university.

"We were running around the city looking at things and I finally said, 'Well, why are you buying,'" the Telegraph reports Brown told CCTV, China's state broadcaster. "And she said, well, her daughter was going to go to Columbia, or NYU or maybe Harvard and so she needed to be in the centre of the city and that was why she was picking this one particular apartment. So I said, 'Oh, how old is your daughter?' And she said, 'Well, she's two.' And I was just shocked."

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News of the unidentified woman's purchase sparked plenty of intrigue on Weibo, a social networking service in China similar to Twitter, where there was speculation the woman is related to a corrupt government official, as the Telegraph reports.

While it will be years before the daughter enters university, she could use the apartment for some pretty sweet tea parties in the meantime.

In Manhattan's 90-storey One57 building, which was designed by Pritzker prize-winning architect Christian de Portzamparc, the yet-to-finished project will boast a 7.3-metre aquarium, private concert hall, library with pool table and a "pet washroom."

Because obviously every two-year-old's multi-million dollar apartment needs a pet washroom. I mean, don't be crazy.

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