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Sold: New York mansion of 'Keeping up with the Joneses' fame

This photo provided by Maltz Auctions shows Wyndclyffe Castle in Rhinebeck, N.Y. The dilapidated mansion in upstate New York believed to have inspired the phrase

This photo provided by Maltz Auctions shows Wyndclyffe Castle in Rhinebeck, N.Y. The dilapidated mansion in upstate New York believed to have inspired the phrase "Keeping up with the Joneses" is on the auction block. The mansion was built in 1853 in Rhinebeck as the country house of Manhattan socialite Elizabeth Schermerhorn Jones, a member of a wealthy family and aunt of American novelist Edith Wharton. The property's elegance is said to have prompted owners of nearby Hudson Valley estates to build even bigger mansions, giving birth to the idiom "Keeping up with the Joneses." (Maltz Auctions via AP)

RHINEBECK, N.Y. — A dilapidated New York mansion believed to have inspired the phrase "Keeping up with the Joneses" has sold at auction for $120,000.

Long Island-based Maltz Auctions says the 24-room Wyndclyffe Castle sold Wednesday.

The mansion was built in 1853 in Rhinebeck as the country house of Manhattan socialite Elizabeth Schermerhorn Jones, a member of a wealthy family and aunt of American novelist Edith Wharton. The property's elegance is said to have prompted owners of nearby Hudson Valley estates to build even bigger mansions, giving birth to the idiom "Keeping up with the Joneses."

Wyndclyffe fell into disrepair under various owners and was abandoned in the 1950s. It was bought in 2003 and was put up for sale by its owner.

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This story has been corrected to show that the mansion sold, not that it is for sale, and that it was put up for sale by its owner, not that it is being put up for sale by its owner.