This morning, The Post reported that Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich was in contract to buy the late Howard Ronson’s melange of disconnected units at 828 Fifth Avenue, a.k.a. the Berwind Mansion, for $75 million. But they neglected to mention the most important detail in the saga of the segmented mansion—Mr. Abramovich has not only taken on Mr. Ronson’s old apartments, but is well on his way to realizing the real estate developer’s dream of restoring the colossal mansion to a single residence.
Sources tell The Observer that Mr. Abramovich has agreements to buy not only the Ronson family’s three units, but is working out deals with the co-op’s other residents as well. Meaning that he may finally be able to piece together the puzzle of units—a triplex, a penthouse and a duplex maisonette—amassed by Mr. Ronson and his family.
Really Rich People
Dasha Zhukova sure knows how to plan ahead.
According to Artinfo.com, the heiress and girlfriend of Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich will open a satellite of her Moscow Garage Center for Contemporary Culture on Abramovich’s New Holland development, an 18-acre former military base near St. Petersberg for which he won a tender last Read More
“I think this is the most incredible day of all week,” Fe Fendi (the very Italian wife of Fendi scion, Alessandro) told The Observer on Friday. A risky conjecture to make on the second day of Fashion Week–but possible, given we were chatting at the FIT Couture Council luncheon honoring fashion’s high priest, Karl Lagerfeld. Read More
The auction of Yves Saint Laurent‘s art collection in Paris last night brought in an astounding $262 million, according to Bloomberg. In fact, the sale set records for works of seven of the major artists, including Henri Matisse’s 1911 still life of cowslips in a vase titled Les coucous, tapis bleu et Read More
In November, works by Édouard Manet, Paul Cézanne, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Mark Rothko came in at underwhelming prices or failed to sell entirely at an auction called The Modern Age at Christie’s, according to The New York Times.
The auction combined collections from the estates of members of two prominent New Read More
In October–right around the time that the financial crisis began to seem a whole lot more real–hedge fund billionaire Carl Icahn put his 177-foot yacht, the Starfire, up for sale for $37.5 million. Then, Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, who has been so affected by the economic downturn that he reportedly had to Read More
Richard Fuld Jr., the chairman and chief executive officer of Lehman Brothers, owns a primary home in Greenwich, Conn. with an indoor squash court, a $21 million Park Avenue co-op, a home in Vermont, another one on Sun Valley, Idaho, and another one in Jupiter Island, Fla., for which he paid $13.75 million in 2004, Read More
Vanity Fair has come out with its list of 100 most powerful influentials, most of which—since they’ve already been covered by various lists in Time (the Time 100), Forbes (celebs and richest Americans) and elsewhere—come as no surprise.
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch, Apple CEO Steve Jobs, Read More
Scarlett Johansson’s brother, Hunter, who until recently worked for Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, has reportedly left to work for the Obama campaign. Now they can both have regular email correspondence with the candidate. [P6]
Even though Roman Abramovich reportedly paid Amy Winehouse $2 million to perform at his Read More
Josh Schwartz has denied rumors of a Taylor Momsen-headlined Gossip Girl spin-off. [E!]
Grey’s Anatomy‘s Katherine Heigl says she withdrew her name from the Emmy nomination list because she was not given Emmy-worthy material by the show’s writers. [LA Times]
Madonna’s brother, Christopher Ciccone, has written an Read More