Can we talk? In 2009 Joan Rivers put her gold-plated Upper East Side penthouse on the market for $25 million. The 5,200-square-foot duplex, fashioned by "museum-trained artisans," made quite a few appearances in last year's superb documentary about the oft-facelifted comedienne, A Piece of Work. Didn't see it? Check out these crazy photos. The apartment never sold, but it left us wondering what the other apartments at 1 East 62nd Street look like. Now we know: Quite normal! And with some pretty snazzy pre-war bones. Apartment #3AB, a combination that yielded the above two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo, has just hit the market for $6.2 million. That's over $2 million per fireplace! Well, the building's history probably adds a little value, as well.
The Sotheby's listing gets into background of 1 East 62nd Street, now known to some as the Spencer Condominium:
Located in a 42 foot wide limestone mansion, this magnificent home was designed by Horace Trumbauer, America's greatest classical revivalist architect. It was originally built in 1903 for John R. Drexel and his socialite wife Alice Troth Drexel. It was converted into apartments in the 1930’s and Ernest Hemingway, during his many years in the mansion, wrote The Snows of Kilamanjaro. As far as we can tell, this place hasn't traded hands since the late '80s, when #3A and #3B were bought separately and later combined. And speaking of pre-war, Joan Rivers is the condo board's president, so the meetings probably have lots of laughs mixed in with all the kvetching. Here's the floorplan, complete with "service entry" into a bedroom. Kinky!
· 1 East 62nd Street #3AB [Sotheby's]
· On the Market: Gold Coast Penthouse Fit For an Apprentice [Curbed]