The Hamptons, Long Island - Realtors at Long Island celeb vacation home finder iSquats have been left reeling after a Big Oil couple's 'thanks-but-no-thanks' letdown.
Months of treading-on-eggshells diplomacy on behalf of 'arguably the richest, most important despot this side of the Shatt Al-Arab' backfired horribly this weekend.
The miffed potentate's 'derisory' [unsolicited] offer of $200 million for the triple-frontage ocean facing mansion was turned down flat with an 'in your dreams, sonny!'
And to add insult to injury the Lily Pond Lane pair have just bought out the shaikh's personal stake in Loadsadosh Oil with some surplus 'petty cash' left over from bullion sales earlier this year.
The move has riled Ali Bin Ali, supposedly the world's 19th richest man according to the acclaimed That's Rich! List - frustrating all his efforts to dip a toe in the famous Hamptons waters with his own seaside palace among US Big Oil recluses.
Last week Lily Pond Lane residents reported seeing what looked like a periscope attached to a beached submersible languishing on sandbanks overlooking their homes.
US Coast Guards quickly scrambled some search 'n' destroy vessels amid fears of an Al Qaeda-style seaborne attack.
But the sub turned out to be nothing more that one of a pair launched from the disgruntled shaikh's floating gin palace, its surveillance mission aimed at snooping on his targeted real estate dream.
Meanwhile on the other side of the globe back the Sultan of Brunei's wayward brother Prince Jefri Archer is 69.