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It's time to make up a bunch of awards and hand them out to the most deserving people, places and things in the real estate, architecture and neighborhood universes of New York City! Yep, it's time for the Ninth Annual Curbed Awards! Today's topic: real estate.

Let's kick off the Curbed Awards with a look back at the boat loads of money spent on New York City homes this year. Like last year, every sale that made the top 20 list was more than $20 million. Our information was culled from StreetEasy's database of closed sales this year, so mega deals like the sale of One57's unbuilt penthouse are not included, but either way, billionaires still had a blockbuster year.


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1. $88M - 15 Central Park West

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15 Central Park West
New York, NY 10023

The news broke mid-December last year that someone dropped $88 million on the penthouse of 15 Central Park, but the sale didn't close until February of this year, so it, officially, was the biggest sale of the year.

2. $70M - The Ritz-Carlton New York

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New York, NY 10019
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Central Park views = big sales. The second biggest sale came at the Ritz, where the duplex penthouse fetched $70 million in May, after 67 days on the market.

3. $54M - 785 Fifth Avenue

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785 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10022

Denice Rich's 20-room penthouse at 785 Fifth Avenue sold for $11 million less than the asking price, but it was still the third most expensive sale of the year. The place has 7BR/11BA plus a recording studio and home gym.

4. $52.5M - 740 Park Ave

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740 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021

Before Denice Rich came marching in with her $54 million sale, the 30-room duplex at 740 Park Avenue was the biggest co-op sale in the city, fetching $52.5 million in May. It's got eight bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, two libraries, six terraces, and seven fireplaces.

5. $42M - 973 Fifth Avenue

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973 5th Avenue, Institute of Fine Arts Foundation
New York, NY 10075

The Stanford White-designed mansion at 973 Fifth Avenue, in all its 15,225-square-foot glory, sold for $42 million in June. The mansion is jam-packed with Italian Renaissance palazzo style, placed there by Stanford White himself.

6. $39M - 730 Park Avenue

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730 Park Avenue
New York, NY

The penthouse at 730 Park Avenue inspired a billionaire bidding war, but the place was so secretive that even the brokers wouldn't describe what it looked like. All they would say is that it was a "very, very beautiful listing."

7. $33.5M - Park Laurel

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15 West 63rd Street
New York, NY 10023

Just last month, an unlisted condo at the Park Laurel sold for $33.5 million. There's no listing and both seller and owner are listed as LLCs, so the closing price and unit number, 29A, are about all we know.

8. $31.5M - 1030 5th Avenue

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1030 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10028
ninth floor of 1030 Fifth Avenue was listed for $35 million, but after a bidding war, it sold for $31.5 million. The place has a jaw-dropping floor plan, plus all the "grand elegance" you expect from the UES. George Blumenthal sold the place to Lori and Zachary Jared Miller (really?) Schreiber, who, interestingly, moved there from 15 Central Park West.

9. $27.75M - 19 East 82nd Street

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19 East 82nd Street
New York, NY 10028

This 25-foot wide mansion at 19 East 82nd Street was hoping to sell for $34.8 million, but it languished on the market. The Cy Twombly art foundation bought it to turn it into an art center. The ground floor already contains an art gallery, but the rest of the house was a 5BR single family residence. Not anymore.

10. $27.37M - 995 5th Avenue

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995 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10028

When this unit hit the market, we said the $30 million asking price was steep, but clearly not that steep for a buyer, as it sold for $27,376,940. It was the last sponsor unit at the Stanhope hotel, and the floor plan is a doozy.

11. $27.22M - 998 Fifth Avenue

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998 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10028

This 7,000-square-foot unit at 998 Fifth Avenue had a quiet start on the market. But it's attempt at trying to find a quiet buyer for $45 million proved fruitless, and it took a hiatus before returning in April for $34 million. It took a bit of a pricechop for the final sale, selling for $27,222,500. What makes the place special? It's designed to resemble a Greek temple.

12. $25.91M - The Plaza Residences

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1 Central Park South
New York, NY 10019

A London developer picked up the Plaza penthouse, a triplex fondly referred to as "the attic," for $25.9 million. The apartment was supposed to sell to another rich person for a whopping $53.5 million, but then a fraud lawsuit dashed those dreams.

13. $25.5M - 907 Fifth Avenue

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907 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10021

This 12th floor spread at 907 Fifth Avenue, one of three apartments owned by the late Huguette Clark, sold to a billionaire financier for $25.5 million. There were no photos of the place, but it's a well-known fact that the unit was uninhabited, save for Clark's doll collection, for years.

14. $25M - 41 East 70th Street

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41 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021

The most notable thing about the sale of the Rothschild Mansion is the fact that it actually sold! The place spent a mindboggling 2,282 days on the market, and saw an impressive number of PriceUppers and PriceChops. The buyer was an 85-year-old Steel Magnate who, at the time, was trying to sell his 15CPW pad for $95 million.

15. $24.5M - 39 East 79th Street

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39 East 79th Street
New York, NY 10075

After just nine days on the market, this 9,000-square-foot unit at 39 East 79th Street sold for the exact asking price of $24.5 million. The sprawling co-op covers two whole floors, of which the brokerbabble says "sheer size of this exceptional property makes you feel as if you are in a fine private European home."

16. $24M - 834 Fifth Avenue

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834 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY

When this place sold, we were mostly concerned with whether or not the taxidermic herons in the listing photos came with it. But the 15-room duplex is pretty impressive in itself, with a paneled library, carved mahogany doors, three bedrooms, and SEVEN staff rooms.

17. $23.95M - 15 Central Park West

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15 Central Park West
New York, NY 10023

Obviously 15 Central Park West makes more than one appearance on this list. This 3BR/3/5BA sold for just under its $23,950,000 asking price. It's pretty standard with six room, including a formal library or media room, but it does sit near the top of the tower.

18. $22.5M - 907 Fifth Avenue

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907 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10021

Like 15CPW, Huguette Clark's estate had more than one sale on this list. Unit 8W sold just last month for $22.5 million, and that includes a chunk of unit 8E. A full combo had been frowned upon, but this partial combo was approved. 8W was listed for $19 million, so that makes the annexed piece of 8E worth $3.5 million—how much would that buy one at 907 Fifth Avenue?

19. $23.39M - 116 East 70th Street

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116 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021

The copper-clad beauty that is 116 East 70th Street couldn't find a buyer back in 2010, but it was relisted in September and found a taker after a month on the market. Said taker is Susan Weber Soros, ex-wife of billionaire George Soros. The lovely five-bedroom home, has two terraces, a 26-foot deep garden, and a gazebo-like breakfast room. Plus, Woody Allen lives next door.

20. $21.45M - 122 East 70th Street

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122 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021

Known in the Curbediverse as the house with the city's best fireplace, 122 East 70th Street sold for a bit of a pricechop, as it was listed for $24.25 million. But the final price of $21.45 million still brought sellers David and Susan Edelstein a nice paycheck, as they bought the house in 2010 for just $12.85 million.

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1. $88M - 15 Central Park West

15 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023

The news broke mid-December last year that someone dropped $88 million on the penthouse of 15 Central Park, but the sale didn't close until February of this year, so it, officially, was the biggest sale of the year.

15 Central Park West
New York, NY 10023

2. $70M - The Ritz-Carlton New York

50 Central Park S, New York, NY 10019

Central Park views = big sales. The second biggest sale came at the Ritz, where the duplex penthouse fetched $70 million in May, after 67 days on the market.

50 Central Park S
New York, NY 10019

3. $54M - 785 Fifth Avenue

785 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10022

Denice Rich's 20-room penthouse at 785 Fifth Avenue sold for $11 million less than the asking price, but it was still the third most expensive sale of the year. The place has 7BR/11BA plus a recording studio and home gym.

785 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10022

4. $52.5M - 740 Park Ave

740 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10021

Before Denice Rich came marching in with her $54 million sale, the 30-room duplex at 740 Park Avenue was the biggest co-op sale in the city, fetching $52.5 million in May. It's got eight bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, two libraries, six terraces, and seven fireplaces.

740 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021

5. $42M - 973 Fifth Avenue

973 5th Avenue, Institute of Fine Arts Foundation, New York, NY 10075

The Stanford White-designed mansion at 973 Fifth Avenue, in all its 15,225-square-foot glory, sold for $42 million in June. The mansion is jam-packed with Italian Renaissance palazzo style, placed there by Stanford White himself.

973 5th Avenue, Institute of Fine Arts Foundation
New York, NY 10075

6. $39M - 730 Park Avenue

730 Park Avenue, New York, NY

The penthouse at 730 Park Avenue inspired a billionaire bidding war, but the place was so secretive that even the brokers wouldn't describe what it looked like. All they would say is that it was a "very, very beautiful listing."

730 Park Avenue
New York, NY

7. $33.5M - Park Laurel

15 West 63rd Street, New York, NY 10023

Just last month, an unlisted condo at the Park Laurel sold for $33.5 million. There's no listing and both seller and owner are listed as LLCs, so the closing price and unit number, 29A, are about all we know.

15 West 63rd Street
New York, NY 10023

8. $31.5M - 1030 5th Avenue

1030 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10028
ninth floor of 1030 Fifth Avenue was listed for $35 million, but after a bidding war, it sold for $31.5 million. The place has a jaw-dropping floor plan, plus all the "grand elegance" you expect from the UES. George Blumenthal sold the place to Lori and Zachary Jared Miller (really?) Schreiber, who, interestingly, moved there from 15 Central Park West.
1030 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10028

9. $27.75M - 19 East 82nd Street

19 East 82nd Street, New York, NY 10028

This 25-foot wide mansion at 19 East 82nd Street was hoping to sell for $34.8 million, but it languished on the market. The Cy Twombly art foundation bought it to turn it into an art center. The ground floor already contains an art gallery, but the rest of the house was a 5BR single family residence. Not anymore.

19 East 82nd Street
New York, NY 10028

10. $27.37M - 995 5th Avenue

995 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10028

When this unit hit the market, we said the $30 million asking price was steep, but clearly not that steep for a buyer, as it sold for $27,376,940. It was the last sponsor unit at the Stanhope hotel, and the floor plan is a doozy.

995 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10028

11. $27.22M - 998 Fifth Avenue

998 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10028

This 7,000-square-foot unit at 998 Fifth Avenue had a quiet start on the market. But it's attempt at trying to find a quiet buyer for $45 million proved fruitless, and it took a hiatus before returning in April for $34 million. It took a bit of a pricechop for the final sale, selling for $27,222,500. What makes the place special? It's designed to resemble a Greek temple.

998 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10028

12. $25.91M - The Plaza Residences

1 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

A London developer picked up the Plaza penthouse, a triplex fondly referred to as "the attic," for $25.9 million. The apartment was supposed to sell to another rich person for a whopping $53.5 million, but then a fraud lawsuit dashed those dreams.

1 Central Park South
New York, NY 10019

13. $25.5M - 907 Fifth Avenue

907 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10021

This 12th floor spread at 907 Fifth Avenue, one of three apartments owned by the late Huguette Clark, sold to a billionaire financier for $25.5 million. There were no photos of the place, but it's a well-known fact that the unit was uninhabited, save for Clark's doll collection, for years.

907 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10021

14. $25M - 41 East 70th Street

41 East 70th Street, New York, NY 10021

The most notable thing about the sale of the Rothschild Mansion is the fact that it actually sold! The place spent a mindboggling 2,282 days on the market, and saw an impressive number of PriceUppers and PriceChops. The buyer was an 85-year-old Steel Magnate who, at the time, was trying to sell his 15CPW pad for $95 million.

41 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021

15. $24.5M - 39 East 79th Street

39 East 79th Street, New York, NY 10075

After just nine days on the market, this 9,000-square-foot unit at 39 East 79th Street sold for the exact asking price of $24.5 million. The sprawling co-op covers two whole floors, of which the brokerbabble says "sheer size of this exceptional property makes you feel as if you are in a fine private European home."

39 East 79th Street
New York, NY 10075

16. $24M - 834 Fifth Avenue

834 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

When this place sold, we were mostly concerned with whether or not the taxidermic herons in the listing photos came with it. But the 15-room duplex is pretty impressive in itself, with a paneled library, carved mahogany doors, three bedrooms, and SEVEN staff rooms.

834 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY

17. $23.95M - 15 Central Park West

15 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023

Obviously 15 Central Park West makes more than one appearance on this list. This 3BR/3/5BA sold for just under its $23,950,000 asking price. It's pretty standard with six room, including a formal library or media room, but it does sit near the top of the tower.

15 Central Park West
New York, NY 10023

18. $22.5M - 907 Fifth Avenue

907 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10021

Like 15CPW, Huguette Clark's estate had more than one sale on this list. Unit 8W sold just last month for $22.5 million, and that includes a chunk of unit 8E. A full combo had been frowned upon, but this partial combo was approved. 8W was listed for $19 million, so that makes the annexed piece of 8E worth $3.5 million—how much would that buy one at 907 Fifth Avenue?

907 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10021

19. $23.39M - 116 East 70th Street

116 East 70th Street, New York, NY 10021

The copper-clad beauty that is 116 East 70th Street couldn't find a buyer back in 2010, but it was relisted in September and found a taker after a month on the market. Said taker is Susan Weber Soros, ex-wife of billionaire George Soros. The lovely five-bedroom home, has two terraces, a 26-foot deep garden, and a gazebo-like breakfast room. Plus, Woody Allen lives next door.

116 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021

20. $21.45M - 122 East 70th Street

122 East 70th Street, New York, NY 10021

Known in the Curbediverse as the house with the city's best fireplace, 122 East 70th Street sold for a bit of a pricechop, as it was listed for $24.25 million. But the final price of $21.45 million still brought sellers David and Susan Edelstein a nice paycheck, as they bought the house in 2010 for just $12.85 million.

122 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021