Acquavella Galleries may have expanded beyond its wheelhouse of Italian Renaissance works in the 1960s, but for Eleanor Acquavella Dejoux, the limestone-faced neo-Italian Renaissance apartment house at 840 Park Avenue is the only place to buy.
Ms. Acquavella Dejoux picked up a duplex maisonette—though unlike the traditional maisonette, it does not have its own outdoor entrance—at the 1912 Park Avenue co-op for $8.85 million, according to city records and first reported by the New York Post, and got a storage unit on the 14th floor thrown in for good measure (at least we hope it’s a storage unit—the floorplan ominously labels the 83-square foot standalone room as ”staff/storage”).
The sellers were David and Elizabeth Winter, no strangers to the world of New York City real estate. Mr. Winter comes from a long line of New York developers, and joined his family’s namesake Winter Organization in 2002.
Ms. Acquavella Dejoux comes with a pedigree of her own, of course. Acquavella Galleries—barely a five-minute walk from her new home—is one of the biggest names in the New York City art world. The gallery recently almost brokered the sale in 2011 of Steve Wynn’s Picasso, “Le Rêve,” to hedge fund manager Steve Cohen for an eye-popping $139 million, only to have it fall through when Mr. Wynn himself fell through the painting, tearing it with his elbow. (The accident turned out to be a windfall for Mr. Wynn: the New York Post recently reported that he finally sold the painting to Mr. Cohen for $155 million—to say nothing of the $45 million insurance payout!)
Nancy Elias of Brown Harris Stevens represented the Winters’ in their sale, with an assist from her colleague Anne Winter (no relation to the sellers). Ms. Elias was tight-lipped about the sale, saying only that it was “a very easy deal and wonderful buyers.”
The eventual selling price was $1 million less than the original ask, but the Winters clearly aren’t strapped for cash—they’re moving into a $26 million residence at 778 Park Avenue.