Veronica Hearst's 52-room mansion on Manalapan's beach in Palm Beach County, Fla., attracted eight bidders and sold for $22 million at a courthouse auction on Tuesday.
New Stream Capital purchased the mansion within five minutes of the opening bid, the Palm Beach Post reported.
Hearst's lawyer, Al LaSorte, said the widow was willing to pay $20 million to stop the proceedings, but that he had advised her to let the auction proceed.
He was just looking, apparently. "I'm just an interested bystander," Norman said.