Often known simply as “the Gucci sisters,” Alessandra and Allegra Gucci are the great-granddaughters of Guccio Gucci, who founded the world-famous fashion label. Their father, the late Maurizio Gucci, then led the brand until his ex-wife arranged for a hit man to gun him down in 1995. In the ’70s, Maurizio bought a duplex penthouse at the Olympic Tower in Midtown East, which now belongs to his daughters. According to the Wall Street Journal, the family listed the 9,450-square-foot, eight-bedroom pad in 2010 as a $60,000/month rental, but they’re now trying to unload it completely to the tune of $45 million.
The massive duplex, located on the building’s 50th and 51st floors, features a mix of colorful mid-century modern furnishings and zen decor. It was originally two separate units, but the sisters’ father combined them. The upper floor boasts 14-foot ceilings with 28 floor-to-ceiling windows offering views of the Statue of Liberty, One World Trade Center, and the Empire State Building. Perhaps the warmest room in the residence is the wood-paneled library, which has a massive limestone fireplace and a large skylight at the top of the 16-foot ceilings. Through two sliding pocket doors is the gigantic 20-foot x 45-foot corner living room, formal dining room, and eat-in chef’s kitchen.
The lower floor is accessed via two staircases or two elevators. Here, there are seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms, as well as the corner master suite.
Alessandra and Allegra Gucci no longer have a role in the Gucci company; they told the Journal they’ve decided to sell the penthouse because “Now we’ve grown up, our needs have changed and we spend most of our time in Europe.”
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Neighborhoods : Midtown East