Mansion for the Masses? (Well, not quite)

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Until now, the interior and rooftop views of the Duke Semans Mansion at 1009 Fifth Avenue were about as tightly guarded as Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattison’s dangerous liaison–though the recently released photographs of the $50 million Fifth Avenue mansion’s gold filigree Beaux-Arts interiors and Rococo painted pediments are more Choderlos de Laclos than Twilight Saga.


The eight-story mansion on the corner of 82nd Street boasts 27 feet of prime Fifth Avenue square footage (one of only three private residences on the park privy Gold Coast) while a 103-foot long façade ambles down 82nd Street. Bought in 2006 by Russian oil magnate, former cab driver and current real estate czar Tamir Sapir for $40 million from previous owner Doris Duke, the home was built in 1901 by Ms. Duke’s family and remained a family heirloom for over 100 years until Mr. Sapir swooped in four years ago.

Brown Harris Stevens‘ queen, Paula Del Nunzio, who has the listing, told The Observer via email, “until now, the interior detail and incomparable scale of 1009 Fifth Avenue–and stunning roof top views–have been seen only by qualified buyers who have signed a confidentiality agreement.” Now four detail photos of the original interiors and two rooftop views are available to the masses with the listing details. Is the revolution underway?