Just four years after his $40 million purchase of the Duke Semans mansion at 1009 Fifth Avenue, ex-taxi driver and current real estate bigshot Tamir Sapir has put the property back on the market. This time, the price tag is $50 million, in an early bid for a reappearance on 2019's deals of the decade list. The 20,000-square-foot mansion, built in 1901, currently has a doctor's office in the basement, a five-story home, a penthouse duplex on top, 12 bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, and 11 wood-burning fireplaces. Sapir had originally planned to use the house for his ivory collection, but that never panned out, perhaps because his company inconveniently pleaded guilty to illegally bringing ivory carvings and endangered species' pelts into the country on a yacht Sapir owns.
· Listing: The Duke-Semans Mansion [BHS]
· Duke 5th Avenue manse goes on the block [NYP]
· Collector of Ivory, Real Estate to Buy Duke Semans Pad [Curbed]