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Heiress Libet Johnson Buys $48 Million Vanderbilt Mansion

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Just a few short weeks ago we told you of 16 East 69th Street going in contract for over $47 million. Well, now we've found out that the buyer is none other than Johnson & Johnson heiress Libet Johnson. According to guru (and bitter 99er) Jonathan Miller, "This is the highest reported residential sale of any type this year, and it would be the highest Manhattan townhouse sale since 2008 pre-Lehman" We would love to see what she does with the 12,000 square foot mansion, considering her (likely) taste in interior design as demonstrated by her $24 million Trump International apartment.

The DIY sale was done without a broker, with Johnson buying it directly from Roger Barnett and Sloan Lindermann Barnett. Nothing sweeter than some good old fashioned super rich cooperation.

Here's what the Post had to say about the interior of the home:

The Barnetts' renovation of the five-story brick townhouse focused on entertaining. The entrance has a grand foyer, staircase, and giant kitchen built over most of the pre-existing garden, say sources familiar with the property. There was also a staff kitchen. The second floor is a giant living room and formal dining room that overlooked a much smaller garden.

The third floor is a master bedroom that "spares no expense," and the fourth and fifth floors -- devoted to children's rooms -- are apparently a "random disconnect" from the rest of the home, a spy said.

· Johnson & Johnson heiress drops $48M on Vanderbilt mansion [NYP]
· Mystery Buyer Plans to Pay $47 Million for UES Townhouse [Curbed]