In May, Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim listed the landmarked Benjamin N. Duke house, a Beaux Arts mansion across from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, for a whopping $80 million (which landed it on our recent list of the most expensive homes in New York City). At the time, there were no interior photos of the place—curious onlookers could only gawk at the ornate, red-brick exterior. But no longer: A tipster pointed out that Sotheby's, which is handling the sale, recently posted interior photos of the early-20th-century mansion, and they're predictably grand (and, well, somewhat bland). There's a beautiful staircase that connects five floors of the home, as well as (according to the brokerbabble) "lovely trompe l'oeil accents, gold-leaf trimmed fixtures, and intricate plaster friezes." And of course, there's a terrace overlooking the Met. Is it worth $80 million? You be the judge.
· Listing: 1009 Fifth Avenue [Sotheby's via the tipline]
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