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Monday, March 5, 2012

Former home of Truman Capote fetches record price

 Photo courtesy of Sotheby's via The NY Daily News.

A record was recently set in the borough of Brooklyn when the house at 70 Willow Street sold for $12 million - the highest price ever paid for a single-family dwelling ($11 million was the previous benchmark). No doubt the home's provenance had a little something to do with that.

Photo via Vogue Italia.

Truman Capote and Gloria Vanderbilt, 1960.

This is where author and loose-lipped bon vivant Truman Capote lived while writing his novel "Breakfast at Tiffany's." He "rented the downstairs apartment from 'Guys and Dolls' Broadway producer Oliver Smith [and] had lavish, booze-filled parties at the house when Smith was out of town."

Built in 1839, the 18-room house "boasts 11 fireplaces, parking for four cars, crystal chandeliers, Greek Revival columns, and a stairwell mural copied from the Kennedy White House. It was originally listed at $18 million in May 2010."

 Photo courtesy of Sotheby's via The NY Daily News.

The living room in its most recent state reflected a polite, staid style of decorating popular with elderly ladies who enjoy an early afternoon sherry and wizened partners in white-shoe law firms. The new owner shielded the purchase behind a corporation, but neighbors have spoken excitedly about "lights on at night, cars in the driveway and moving trucks at the house."

Fingers crossed that a fab decorator nabs this project and turns the dated interiors into something as marvelous as one of these...

 Living room by Christopher Maya via House Beautiful.

 Photo by John Kernick via House Beautiful.

 Photo by Miguel Flores-Vianna via Elle Decor.

 Photo by William Abranowicz via Elle Decor.

 Photo by Francesco Lagnese via House Beautiful.

Truman Capote's Brooklyn Heights house sells for $12M []


La Boheme said...

12 mil and that's all? Haha what a deal! But you know having that piece of history all around you must be pretty fabulous. In the meantime, I'm staying at my little rental though...

maison21 said...

raina, please let the new owners know that i have a small window of availability in my schedule, and *might* be able to squeeze them in.

Margaret said...

"Shielded the purchase behind a corporation."

I can't stop saying this in my head. Help me.

Raina Cox said...

Margaret - Meaning he/she/they did not want their name(s) made public.

Reggie Darling said...

Imagine that the Tiny Terror's occupancy contributed to this house's astronomical selling price! That and $6.00 will buy you a cup of coffee in NY these days... RD

Margaret said...

Raina, I know...that's why I can't stop coveting that phrase.

Raina Cox said...

Margaret - Sorry, Babe. It's sometimes hard to "read" comments.

I should realize by now that all of the Dumplings possess well above average intelligence and good looks. ;)

Margaret said...

"Dumpling" now needs new hat size: contracting "shielded" hat maker.