Michael Schumacher, who continues to recover from a skiing accident that left him in a coma for six months, is reported to have sold his Norwegian holiday home. According to reports in Norway, the mountain property in Trysil, north of Oslo, was sold to a foreign buyer for $2.9 million.
Schumacher brought the 645-square-meter lodge, which had a large garage and spa, in the mid 1990s and spent several months there every year skiing and playing soccer with local teams, reports Norwegian news outlet The Local. It also allowed the seven-time Formula One world champion some respite from media attention, says Peter Birkrem, from the Privatmegleren estate agent.
“It was his refuge from the media pursuit he has suffered throughout his life,” he told Norway’s DN Newspaper. Birkrem added that the property had been on the market for three months. No photos of its interior were available, with interested parties required to hand over cell phones and cameras before entering.
Schumacher is currently continuing his recovery at home with his family in Switzerland, after suffering severe injuries when his head hit a rock while skiing at the French resort of Meribel shortly before Christmas, 2013. The German, 46, was moved to a hospital in Lausanne last June before being released to his home on the shores of Lake Geneva in September. There has been no official update on his condition since then, when manager Sabine Kehm cautioned that he had a “long and difficult road ahead.”
His family angrily denounced comments from former Formula One driver Philippe Streiff last November, in which he stated that Schumacher was paralyzed and unable to speak. A report in the Daily Express earlier this month claimed that Schumacher is mute and with “limited awareness” of what’s happening around him. His medical costs were also said to have risen to over $15.5 million since his accident.