The architect Armand Phillip Bartos, who died in 2005, is perhaps most famous for having designed The Shrine of the Book, a futuristic wing of Jerusalem’s Israel Museum that houses the Dead Sea Scrolls and from a distance vaguely resembles an enormous nipple. But we suspect it was sweat from another man’s brow that allowed him to purchase a 17th-floor co-op at 778 Park Avenue—a building designed by the incomparable Rosario Candela. Having divorced his first wife, Mr. Bartos married Celeste Gottesman, heiress to the fortune her father Samuel Gottesman amassed by way of pulp paper and high finance. It was Mr. Gottesman, too, who supplied funding for the construction of The Shrine of the Book.
The most recent benefactors of his success, however, are Adam Bartos and Jonathan Altman—Armand’s son and stepson. The pair have just sold the unit for $18 million on behalf of the Estate of Celeste Bartos, according to city records. (Ms. Bartos, an active philanthropist and patron of the arts, died last January.) Read More