Music lovers around the world may never forgive Diana Meltzer for foisting Christian rock band Creed on them, but the ex-model laughed all the way to the bank after signing the multi-platinum band. Now, she’s triumphed again, having just unloaded her late ex-husband’s duplex penthouse at 944 Park Avenue for a cool $8.15 million, according to city records.
We can see that Ms. Meltzer wasn’t just putting on a brave face when she commented on the news that her ex-husband of thirteen years, Alan Meltzer, left $1.5 million to his doorman and chauffeur. “I’m doing fine. I could care less!” she told the New York Post. “If he wants to give it to the bums, he can give it to the bums,” she continued, with all the poise of a trashed teenager at a Drowning Pool show, a metal band she signed when she was an A&R exec at Wind-up Records, her ex’s label. “He could fuck a nun. I couldn’t give a shit. He can give his money to whoever he wants. We’re divorced. The man is dead.”
The buyer of the penthouse was listed on city records only as 12B Riverside East Inc., and Yigal Yedidsion at the Real Estate Investors Group, who had the listing, was tight-lipped about the buyer’s identity.
He did, however, say that the new owner would likely undertake a gut renovation. We’re not sure anybody will miss the cheap arched windows looking out onto the 2,350-square foot outdoor space (almost as spacious as the 2,738-square foot interior, set up as a more-than-roomy two-bedroom), which would seem more at home in an exurban McMansion than a penthouse on Park Avenue between 81st and 82nd streets, though the fireplace mantle does look like it might be worth keeping around.
The listing sat on the market for about a year and a half, Mr. Yedidsion told The Observer, and finally sold at a nearly a third off of the ambitious $12 million that the brokers at Douglas Elliman originally priced it at back in 2011.
Still, the eventual selling price was up substantially from the $3 million that Mr. Meltzer paid for the pad back in 1995. In the words of Creed, “Can you take me higher?”