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No One Wants To Buy a Gaudy Mini 'Versailles' in Manhattan

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In what universe can a 750-square-foot apartment across the street from Bryant Park and the main branch of the New York Public Library just not sell? When it looks like it's trying to be Versailles, that's when. The one-bedroom co-op on 40th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues has been on and off the market since 2006. That's almost a decade of broker switches and price chops, with the most recent listing asking $775,000. The turn-offs? Hand-painted murals on every available surface, gold filigree, and chandeliers dripping with sparkly crystal—even in the bathroom. A trompe l'oeil travesty? You decide.

From the brokerbabble:

Picture yourself surrounded by stunning painted murals, which transform this Manhattan apartment into a grand salon.

An old listing called it "for the discerning buyer."

It even made Curbed's list of the most hideous apartments of the year in 2011.

The lobby of 32 West 40th Street—also known as Bryant Park Place—is classy. As is the facade. A miracle.

The co-op's long list of PriceChopper visits—though now, shockingly, it's more expensive than ever.

· Listing: 32 West 40th Street #4G [Elliman via StreetEasy]
· Versailles-Style Pied-à-Terre Goes Big and Bold [StreetEasy]
· Midtown's Mini Versailles Seeks 'Discerning Buyer' With $645K [Curbed]