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The most expensive home in Tampa Bay history sold this week. Here's a look at Century Oaks over the years.

[George Trabant   |   Times] September 25, 1955 - The Brown Estate called "Century Oaks" was willed to Clearwater's St. Cecelia's Catholic church.  In this photo, purple globes throw soft light over garden at night, matching color of lily blossoms.  Marble stairway leads from middle terrace to pool on bottom level.  



[George Trabant | Times] September 25, 1955 - The Brown Estate called "Century Oaks" was willed to Clearwater's St. Cecelia's Catholic church. In this photo, purple globes throw soft light over garden at night, matching color of lily blossoms. Marble stairway leads from middle terrace to pool on bottom level.

With the news of the sale of Century Oaks for a record-setting $11.18 million, we decided to dip into our archives for some historical photos of the fabled Clearwater estate.

[George Trabant | Times]

September 25, 1955 - The $2,000,000 Brown Estate called "Century Oaks" was willed to Clearwater's St. Cecelia's Catholic church.

[George Trabant | Times]

September 25, 1955 - The Brown Estate called "Century Oaks" was willed to Clearwater's St. Cecelia's Catholic church. This photo is of the campanile, containing 32 bells which formerly played at the New York World's Fair.

[Times staff]

March 28, 1979 - The magnificent Century Oaks estate of Alfred and Marcia Hoffman was the setting Sunday evening for the annual North Suncoast Golden Note benefit concert and supper party.

[Times staff]

March 28, 1979 - The magnificent Century Oaks estate of Alfred and Marcia Hoffman was the setting Sunday evening for the annual North Suncoast Golden Note benefit concert and supper party.

[Times staff]

March 28, 1979 - The magnificent Century Oaks estate of Alfred and Marcia Hoffman was the setting Sunday evening for the annual North Suncoast Golden Note benefit concert and supper party.

[Times staff]

March 28, 1979 - The magnificent Century Oaks estate of Alfred and Marcia Hoffman was the setting Sunday evening for the annual North Suncoast Golden Note benefit concert and supper party.

[Joan Kadel Fenton | Times]

March 26, 1980 - Al and Marcia Hoffman were hosts for the North Suncoast Golden Note party Sunday at their Century Oaks estate. The Wine Cellar catered the event for the 150 guests whose backyard view overlooked Clearwater Bay. The party benefited the North Suncoast Symphony.

You can order reprints of any of these images in the Times image archive.

Tim Rozgonyi

Twitter: @timrozgonyi

e-mail: trozgonyi@tampabay.com

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