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12/02/01
Duke Gets In On Dome War
- Confusion escalates as one of Britain's wealthiest men joins the bid

THE SALE of the Millennium Dome looks set to be put on hold as one of Britain's leading moneymen prepares to join the bidding war.

Billionaire property owner the Duke Of Westminster is rumoured to be backing the Legacy consortium, which is bidding to turn the attraction into a high-tech business park.

The news would boost Legacy's bid in the eyes of the Government who remain less than convinced about the group's proposals. Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott privately expressed worries about Legacy's financial resources, but with the Duke's backing, the bid would more than likely get the green-light from PM Tony Blair, who is anxious to rid himself of the beleaguered attraction before the general election.

However, a strengthened bid would spell doom for Pierre Yves Gerbau. The former Dome Boss had hoped to garner enough interest to set up a rival bid that would see the structure transformed into an entertainment centre.

Meanwhile, the contents of the Dome will go under the hammer at the end of this month. The heart, eyes and brains of the Body Zone and a six-foot tall Hamster from the work zone are among items that will be for grabs during the sale, which takes place from February 27 until March 2




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