Julian Schnabel's Palazzo Chupi, the most beautiful thing in the history of the world, has taken more twists and turns than the life story of Jean-Dominique Bauby (highbrow alert!). By now, we're all aware of the fact that Schnabel enlisted some real estate professionals to sell the West 11th Street palace of wonder's $27 million duplex and $32 million triplex, which were shown to every celebrity in town but still could not find any takers. So, what does one do when an apartment fails to sell? Raise the price, of course! The $27 million duplex (above; we'll jump on whatever chance we get to re-run those photos) is now the $32 million duplex, as of last week. It makes sense that the duplex would be on an even playing field with the penthouse triplex, if only because?in our humble opinion?the duplex is even more jaw-dropping. There's just something about a bathtub flanked by a wall of windows and a working fireplace that really makes the heart melt. Also, we dig the listing's new description: "Fit for Citizen Kane!" Why not "Fit for Richard Gere?"
· Listing: 360 West 11th Street [BHS]
· Gesamtkunstwerk, or the Total Artwork That Is Palazzo Chupi [Curbed]
· Palazzo Chupi Duplex Hits the Market, With Photos [Curbed]