In 2012, Thompson Dean, a co-managing partner of the private equity firm Avista Capital Partners, was offered a price on a Roy Lichtenstein painting that a Gagosian Gallery staffer characterized as so low as to be “cruel and offensive” to the seller. Mr. Dean took the deal, paying $2 million for Girl in Mirror, another version of which had recently sold for more than twice that amount. Now, it seems, the financier has applied his savings to real estate, paying $16.5 million for a condo at 525 Park Avenue that the sellers, David and Connie Littman, bought last year for just $13.85 million. Read More
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