Swiss tycoon Maurice Amon‘s SICPA Group is the self-professed leading global provider of the security ink used to authenticate banknotes (they also print passports, lotto scratch cards and well, banknotes themselves).
In 2005 the company sold 1 billion Swiss francs-worth of ink, which means it’s probably safe to assume that Mr. Amon would have been able to supply the $16.5 million banknotes that Cuban-born Clinton crony Paul Cejas and wife, Gertie, were asking for their fifth floor abode at superlative 834 Fifth Avenue. However, according to city records Mr. Amon snagged a bargain, paying only $15 million for the 12-foot ceilinged, rambling two-bedroom (with three additional maids rooms bien sur).
Mr. and Mrs. Cejas originally listed the apartment last April for $18.5 million with Brown Harris Stevens. The dame of discretion, Maria Torresy, could not be reached for comment by the time this article was published.
Rumors that Mr. Amon was the Cejas mystery buyer have been swirling among the broker community for weeks and were recently reported by the Wall Street Journal, but only now has the $15 million price been revealed.
Entered through a luxurious 24-foot-long marble gallery, the apartment boasts a wood-burning marble fireplace in the “enormous yet inviting” living room and a library which “affords a tranquil retreat graced with built-in bookcases of dark mahogany.”
Of the low-floor apartment the listing coos, “one residence in particular encompasses the artful touch of Candela’s vision–Apartment 5B.”