The first of three Fifth Avenue apartments owned by Irish American copper heiress, Huguette Clarke, has been sold for $12 million after less than one month on the market.
The home, a 14-room top floor unit of 907 Fifth Avenue (at 72nd Street) was listed by the brokers, Brown Harris Stevens, at $24 million. The home has a 37-foot gallery with 11-foot ceilings with original herringbone floors, a sign of wealth for the time.
Mary Rutherfurd and Leslie Coleman hold the listing for the 5,000 square foot apartment that overlooks Central Park. They are also taking care of the remaining two properties in the same building, one of the most exclusive cooperatives.
The New York Daily News reported that a potential buyer who toured the homes said they were all in need of work. They also said the kitchen appliances dated from 1915.
Prudential Douglas Elliman agent, David Lubell, said the building was designed by architect J.E.R. Carpenter. He added that the quick sale represents the strong value of classic New York City apartments.
Lubell, creator of the website prewarpassion.com, said, “When these hit the market, they’re snapped up. Every billionaire in the world wants an apartment in New York and these are the trophy apartments. They don’t think anything of renovating. They know these apartments can never be reproduced. There is nothing better in the world than a classic New York City pre-war.”
Clarke and her mother bought the apartments in the 1920s.
So far, only qualified buyers have been given private showings of the apartments and no photographs have been leaked
Clark died last May, at the age of 104. She had not lived in the three apartments for decades, choosing instead to live in a hospital, where she was onlyever seen by a select few members of staff.
The three apartments played home to her collection of dolls, which is worth over $3 million.
Neither broker would comment on the sale.
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