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It's official: an earthly being has dropped a record $90M to $100M on the 10,923-square-foot duplex penthouse of One57, a glassy midtown condo building designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Christian de Portzamparc. (The building is still under construction, but view the floorplan and finishes over here.) Said mysterious buyers will not only inhabit the highest residential space in the city—the unit occupies the 89th and 90th floors—but according to the developer they're also "a very nice family" and "someone that people would recognize."
Generally speaking, now, homes in the $90M to $100M price range are under the jurisdiction of a different stratosphere of the wealthy, like Russian venture capitalists or the god-blessed offspring of billionaires (Petra Ecclestone, Ekaterina Rybolovleva). Even Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison hovers in the $40M range, and the record that Rupert Murdoch set in 2005 when he dropped $44M on a triplex penthouse in Manhattan seems like peanuts now. So while one commenter over on Curbed NY postulates that the unnamed new owner of the One57 penthouse is the Beckham family, the claim seems dubious. (Although wouldn't that be something!) Got guesses? Leave them in the comments.
· All Friday Open Threads [Curbed National]
· One57 Penthouse Sells for $90M+ in NYC's Biggest-Ever Deal [Curbed NY]
· At Over $90 Million, Sale of Midtown Penthouse Sets a New York Record [New York Times]