Breakfast at Tiffany's
A little piece of New York society is moving to Russia.
Truman Capote’s typed manuscript of his classic 1958 New York novella Breakfast at Tiffany’s, which tells the story of a young New York socialite in the 1940s, was sold in an auction to a Russian billionaire for $306,000.
The manuscript comes complete with the Read More
In the Carlyle Hotel’s Royal Suite, Tiffany’s iconic crack-of-dawn window-shopper was having her theatrical coming-out party. We’re talkin’ Broadway here—the belated stage bow of Breakfast at Tiffany’s—and Sean Mathias, the British director who’ll bring it to pass March 20 at the Cort, was holding forth.
“This will be like seeing a new play,” he promised Read More
It has been said in our screen-addled age that video games are the new fiction. Be that as it may, Grand Theft Auto must then be our Moby Dick, which would make Dan Houser modern America’s Herman Melville. Or maybe he’s Dickens—Mr. Houser is British, and his work is equally dour and gritty.
How fitting, then, that the Rockstar Games co-founder is the new owner of an illustrious Brooklyn Heights mansion at 70 Willow Street where Truman Capote, along with some of the borough’s richest men, once lived. The sale, at exactly $12.5 million according to city records, is the most expensive in Brooklyn history, and, by extension, anywhere outside of Manhattan. It surpasses the previous record by a full $1.5 million.
If there was any question that video games had surpassed films, music and books for cultural—to say nothing of economic—primacy, this should bring such debates to an end. In Cold Blood has been dehtroned by Red Dead Redemption.
Red Carpet Real Estate
While apartments across the river in Manhattan sell for nearly a hundred million, Brooklyn is breaking into the double digit club. Turman Capote’s house in Brooklyn Heights recently sold for a record-setting $12 million, the Daily News reports. The previous record was an $11 million single-family house in the same tony neighborhood.
Scarlett Johansson may be hoping to follow in the footsteps of David Fincher; the actress, who’s been vocal about her desire to direct feature films, just directed a clip for her friend Jessie Baylin’s song “Hurry Hurry,” as reported by MTV.
This elegant and historic townhouse in Brooklyn Heights has been on the market since May, listed with Karen Heyman at Sotheby’s. In the meantime, many less remarkable and more expensive Manhattan townhouses have come and gone. What gives?
Seventy Willow Street is roomy, with 18 rooms spread out over five double-width stories, and in Read More
Pieces of Historyliterature
Are you a Truman Capote obsessive with a casual $35,000 lying around? Already own first editions of all the cherished effete Southern writer’s works, but just need that one artifact to complete your collection? Well, look no further: AbeBooks is selling the only existing birth certificate of the Breakfast at Tiffany’s author.
Issued by the Parish Read More
“I live in Brooklyn. By choice. Those ignorant of its allures are entitled to wonder why.” Thus wrote Truman Capote in A House on the Heights, which was authored, along with In Cold Blood and Breakfast at Tiffany’s, in the rented garden apartment at 70 Willow Street.
Last week, 70 Willow, a Read More
Vintage is celebrating Holly Golightly’s 50th birthday by issuing a special anniversary edition of Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Vintage, $12.95). I hate to quibble, but she was actually two months shy of 19 when the novel came out in 1958—so by that count she’s pushing 70. Or if you want to get persnickety about it, when Read More
The saltbox home in the Hamptons commissioned by author Truman Capote in 1961 has gone on the market for $14.6 million, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Mr. Capote resided in the Sagaponack home, which sits on four acres near the beach, for 23 years prior to his death in 1984. He Read More