$154 million mansion in China among 2016's most expensive homes

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(CNN)In times of global and economic uncertainty, many chose to take stock and hold off on making major financial decisions.

Like, say, dropping millions of dollars on a mansion with its own helipad.
Many, but not all.
    In fact, 2016 was a record breaking year when it comes to the most expensive homes sold.
    Here is a list of the five most eye-watering residential property deals over the last 12 months -- with octogenarian lodgers and all:
    • Taohuayuan, Suzhou ($154m)
    • The Penthouse, 432 Park Avenue, New York ($87.7m)
    • Crespi Hicks Estate, Texas ($100m)
    • 301 N Carolwood Drive, California ($100m)
    • The Playboy Mansion, California ($100m)
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