While everyone whose anyone knows that Robert and Ann Bass are the buyers behind Damon Mezzacappa‘s home at 834 Fifth, it was unclear until today how madly the billionaire couple wanted the place. After his wife passed away, Mr. Mezzacappa quietly put his massive half-floor apartment in the godly building on the market for $34 million, with all the furniture and furnishings inside. According to city records, however, Mr. and Mrs. Bass paid a full $42 million for the place.
That is just $2 million less than Rupert Murdoch paid for the triplex penthouse. Talk about ultraluxurious. This would have vaulted Mr. Bass’ purchase from the seventh most expensive of last year into the fourth spot.
Yesterday the crazy kids of Occupy Wall Street marched right up Fifth Avenue and protested outside Rupert Murdoch’s place at the storied co-op at 834 Fifth Avenue. Today word circulated that one of the building’s drool-worthy duplexes had hit the market.
The apartment was owned by concrete magnate Walter Goldstein. Goldstein, Read More
On Tuesday, The Observer reported Tony James had bought a duplex at 834 Fifth, that godly Upper East Side edifice. Perhaps it was a present to himself for how well The Blackstone Group, which he has run for the past few years alongside Steve Schwarzman, is now doing.
As if he needed any confirmation, Blackstone president and COO Hamilton James is, truly, utterly, incontrovertibly a master of the universe.
His home! Where he comes to play with his toys.
Manhattan Transfers Cheat Sheet
Just a couple of weeks after the price was chopped from $60 million to $34 million, Leslie and Abigail Wexner’s coveted co-op at 834 Fifth Avenue has sold.
Multiple sources confirm that the storied fifth- and sixth-floor duplex has found a mystery buyer. One source said it was a direct deal.
The Limited Brands tycoon, who owns Victoria Secret amongst numerous other assets, quietly Read More
— According to the NY Post, Derek Jeter may be moving downtown to make a lovenest with Friday Night Lights longtime squeeze Minka Kelly, who currently resides in Beverly Hills with her dog. However, this happily-ever-after scenario is high on hopes and scant on rumor-backing details—a “source” Read More
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 Read More
The co-op at 834 Fifth Avenue is the kind that would most certainly disdain denim-wearers at a board interview (current owners include Rupert Murdoch, Paul Cejas and John Gutfreund). But what if you are a denim heiress?
Well, apparently, that’s O.K. According to city records, brokerage baron Charles Schwab and his wife, Helen, have sold their Read More
Looks like Broadway baron Hal Prince didn’t wait for the curtain to close on his 834 Fifth Avenue apartment before beginning a new Upper East Side real estate production. According to city records, the Broadway producer and director of shows such as Cabaret, Sweeney Todd, The Phantom of the Opera and Evita, recently Read More