It’s been almost five months since the late, great Joan Rivers’s opulent Upper East Side penthouse hit the market for $28 million, and now the Post is reporting that the lavish triplex at 1 East 62nd Street may have a new owner. “Last Thursday, its final day, art and antiques storage specialists packed and hauled the remainder of what was heading to Christie’s and elsewhere… The sale’s not gone to contract, but there is a buyer,” notes the paper.
Rivers lived in the home for 25 years, decking it out with a huge Louis XIV-inspired ballroom, a bordello-esque master bedroom, and gilded details galore. She once said of the space, “It’s what Marie Antoinette would have done, if she had money,” and described the décor as “Louis XIV meets Fred and Ginger.”
As we reported when the listing first went public:
The three-story penthouse occupies 5,100 square feet, which includes four bedrooms, five fireplaces and gilded antique boisserie paneling and columns. It’s certainly the entertaining spaces, the Louis XIV-inspired ballroom and an adjoining music room, that steal the show, though. They boast soaring 23-foot ceilings and crystal chandeliers and can accommodate up to 125 people, which came in handy when Rivers hosted her annual Thanksgiving extravaganza.
There’s also a dining room opening to a south-facing terrace, a wood-paneled library, two kitchens, a second-floor mezzanine overlooking the ballroom, a master suite with private terrace, and a two-bedroom guest wing.
Rivers was the longtime president of her condo building. She first listed the apartment in 2009 for $25 million and then put it back up in 2013 for $29.5 million. No word yet on who the new buyer is or what he or she paid, but we’re keeping our eyes and ears open.
Photos via Corcoran Group
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