Mo Money Mo Problems
Hamming It Up
Billionaire cabbie-turned-real-estate mogul Tamir Sapir was recently the victim of theft at his $20 million Long Island mansion after a construction worker allegedly stole four antique silver champagne buckets worth $200,000, according to Newsday. But the real crime is that Mr. Sapir didn’t even notice that his extravagant booze buckets were gone until an auction house called him months after the fact. Being a billionaire is hard!
Apparently, Mr. Sapir only learned of the theft when Sotheby’s notified him that construction worker Anatoliy Maryuk had tried to fence two of the buckets—made in France and worth $50,000 a pop—to the auction company in September 2011. Mr. Maryuk had, at this point, allegedly sold the two other buckets on Ebay.
Tamir Sapir may have sold his mansion on Fifth Avenue’s gold coast last summer, getting a whopping $44 million from Mexican mogul Carlos Slim, but this year he has found an equally impressive spread to call home for the hot months.
Gregory Spock is used to performing librettos before rapt audiences in concert halls from Hartford to Florence. Recently, the 26-year-old has found more intimate venues within the exposed-brick walls of New York townhouses. A Roland keyboard or a baby grand to his right, a pink bow tie around his neck, a songbook in his hands—Verdi always wows `em—Mr. Spock delivers bursts of baroque beauty, all for salesmanship.
Mr. Spock joined Manhattan brokerage Rubicon Property four months ago, after receiving his broker’s license in the winter. He said his new boss liked him for his creativity, which means saving money on those showings.
“A lot of people have food or wine now, but the entertainment isn’t thought out.”
Because who isn’t lulled into signing a multi-million dollar contract by the plaintive moans of Aida?
During last decade’s real estate boom, the real estate party, usually in a newly built condo tower, was a staple of the industry. After the recession hit, nobody could much afford them. Now they seem to be hobbling back, along with the real estate market.
It wouldn’t have been the biggest real estate deal of the year without at least a little drama.
When Tamir Sapir sold the majestic Duke-Semans Mansion across from the Met to Carlos Slim last summer, the brokers representing the seller, Brown Harris Stevens’ Paula Del Nunzio and Shirley Mueller, sued Sapir when the Read More
Forbes just came out with its 400 richest people list, and guess who isn’t on it? Even so, Manhattan developer Tamir Sapir–presumably because his demise has proven so intriguing–still merits an article. And Forbes digs up some dirt.
First, the magazine estimates the developer’s worth at about $700 million, “still wealthy indeed but not Read More
After days of speculation about the buyer of the Duke-Semans mansion—rumors abounded that the new homeowner was a wealthy Russian—the Wall Street Journal breaks the news: developer Tamir Sapir has sold his Fifth Avenue mansion across from the Met to none other than Carlos Slim, Mexican telecom giant, New York Times investor, modest Read More
Until now, the interior and rooftop views of the Duke Semans Mansion at 1009 Fifth Avenue were about as tightly guarded as Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattison’s dangerous liaison–though the recently released photographs of the $50 million Fifth Avenue mansion’s gold filigree Beaux-Arts interiors and Rococo painted pediments are more Choderlos de Laclos Read More
With the announcement of two major leases at coupled with being relatively new to the game—dies hard. “They’re a tough landlord,” said one tenant-side broker who asked to remain anonymous. “In this market, I’ve got options. And I’m going to drive them towards landlords who have been really solid members of the community for a long Read More
You know what’s still really expensive, even in a shaky economy? Divorce. And it’s got to be galling for wealthy men to see their ex-wives immediately spending part of their settlement on a flashy new pad–often a second home she doesn’t necessarily need–indicating just how well she made out.
Laura Andrassy, the ex-wife of Read More
In a decidedly unhip slice of Manhattan, two scions of New York real-estate tycoons, average age 27½, plan to create a gleaming, 45-story condo-hotel, a rarity in city development.
Alex Sapir, 26, tumbled onto the New York City real-estate radar a year ago in March, taking the reins of his father Tamir’s real-estate empire as Read More