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Mapping the 20 Most Expensive Sales of 2013

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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 Tenth Annual Curbed Awards!

While 2013 was undoubtedly a huge year for New York City real estate, with prices climbing rapidly, luxury towers springing out of the ground, and a plethora of blockbuster deals, that's not necessarily indicated in this map of the Biggest Sales of the Year. That's mainly because, despite the excess of record-breaking megadeals, at One57, 432 Park Avenue, Walker Tower, 10 Madison Square West, etc. almost none of them have actually closed yet. All that means, though, is that next year's map is going to be crazy, so let's all agree to meet back here in one year's time and if we're all still single, get married look at a map of hugely expensive apartments.

And don't worry, because there were still a whole bunch of fancy, pricey apartments that were sold this year, from Rosario Candela-designed apartments on Central Park, to West Village townhouses, to other Rosario Candela-designed apartments on Central Park.

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1. $42M - 18 Gramercy Park

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18 Gramercy Park South
New York, NY 10003

The 18 Gramercy Park penthouse set a Downtown record (which will be broker once the Walker Tower penthouse sale closes) when it sold for its full $42 million ask. It was also, somewhat surprisingly, the largest sale to close this year.

2. $34.35M - Ellen Biddle Shipman House

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21 Beekman Place
New York, NY 10022

Who would have thought that neither of the top two sales of the year would be on Central Park? Not us, certainly, but here you have it: the Ellen Biddle Shipman house sold for almost $35 million after being listed for $48.5 million.

3. $32.5M - 15 Central Park West

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15 Central Park West
New York, NY 10023

15 CPW always makes an appearance or two on this list, and this year is no exception. A corner 4BR closed in January for $32.5 million, earning its owners, former Lehman Brothers employees who bought the pad in 2007, a tidy $15 million profit.

4. $25M - 15 Central Park West

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15 Central Park West
New York, NY 10023

On the very same floor of 15 CPW, NASCAR star Jeff Gordon sold his 3BR/3.5BA for $25 million after buying it for $9.7 million in 2007 and redesigning it with lots of dark wood and granite.

5. $24M - 720 Park Avenue

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720 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021

This multi-terraced pad in the Rosario Candela-designed 720 Park Avenue sold quickly, and for almost the full ask, after it was listed in March.

6. $23.42M - The Abingdon

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320 West 12th Street
New York, NY 10014

We never even saw an interior rendering of this 9,600-square-foot triplex in The Abingdon, and, as if to add insult to injury, the buyer was shielded behind the name Hudson Heights Holdings, Inc. The Times, however, thinks that it's hedge funder Steve Cohen, who is also building a mansion on Perry Street and listed his One Beacon Court penthouse for $115 million.

7. $22.4M - The Abingdon

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320 West 12th Street
New York, NY 10014

Another unit in the Abingdon, one of the two penthouses, closed in May for $22.4 million after originally being listed for $21 million and immediately going into contract. The buyer is hidden behind an LLC.

8. $22M - 950 Fifth Avenue

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950 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10037

Billy Macklowe, son of real estate scion Harry Macklowe, bought an opulent prewar duplex in 950 Fifth Avenue for $22 million. The apartment was first listed for $27.5 million.

9. $21M - 733 Park Avenue

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733 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021

Investment banker Herbert Allen got the full $21 million ask for his garishly decorated Park Avenue penthouses, selling it to an unidentified financial person.

10. $20.9M - 765 Park Avenue

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765 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021

Financial wizard Christopher Errico bought this Park Avenue pad, not his first, in July, paying $2 million less than the $23 million ask.

11. $20M - The San Remo

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145 Central Park West
New York, NY 10026

Business guy Nathan Milikowsky bought an 11-room apartment in the San Remo right at the beginning of the year, paying the entire $20 million asking price.

12. $19.7M - 18 East 73rd Street

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18 East 73rd Street
New York, NY 10021

This lavish 1866 four-story, renovated in the '20s, sold this summer, to an unidentified buyer, for almost $20 million.

13. $19.5M - 990 Fifth Avenue

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990 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10037

A 13-room duplex in a Rosario Candela building is never a bad thing, and this one sold to money-making-guy James Zelter for $19.5 million about a year ago, closing just after New Years.

14. $19.1M - Hal Prince's Townhouse

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48 East 74th Street
New York, NY 10021

Certainly one of the most colorful listings of the year, Broadway producer Hal Prince's surprised a lot of people for selling at not that much of a discount, despite the highly personalized decor (and that's an understatement). The buyer is shielded by an LLC.

15. $18.5M - 998 Fifth Avenue

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998 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10028

Oh, how original: another fancy Fifth Avenue apartment sold for a whole bunch of money. And the buyer was—wait for it—the senior managing of director of an investing firm.

16. $18.5M - 131 East 64th Street

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131 East 64th Street
New York, NY 10065

This limestone townhouse in Lenox Hill, which has a pretty great staircase, sold for $18.5 million to an LLC-shielded buyer last month.

17. $18M - 54 East 64th Street

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54 East 64th Street
New York, NY 10065

Another East 64th Street townhouse sold this year for $18 million, which actually meant that the seller took a loss. Whoever he or she was bought the house for $20 million after previous owner Derek Quinlan was forced to unload it after the Irish economy collapsed. It was originally asking $28 million and, oddly, was never officially pricechopped.

18. $18M - 778 Park Avenue

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778 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021

Just sneaking in under the wire, the 17th floor of the Candela-designed 778 Park Avenue sold a couple weeks ago for $18 million, with the sale closing last Thursday.

19. $17.63M - 81 Horatio Street

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81 Horatio Street
New York, NY 10014

Eligible bachelor John de Neufville spent years having his six-story Horatio Street townhouse renovated extensively, and somewhat oddly. He sold it back in January, for a little less than $2.5 million off the $20 million ask.

20. $17.5M - 249 Central Park West

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249 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024

The turreted castle on Central Park West just missed out on the Pricechopper Hall of Fame when it finally sold for $17.5 million in October, after being listed for $30 million two years earlier. It still needs quite a bit of work.

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1. $42M - 18 Gramercy Park

18 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY 10003

The 18 Gramercy Park penthouse set a Downtown record (which will be broker once the Walker Tower penthouse sale closes) when it sold for its full $42 million ask. It was also, somewhat surprisingly, the largest sale to close this year.

18 Gramercy Park South
New York, NY 10003

2. $34.35M - Ellen Biddle Shipman House

21 Beekman Place, New York, NY 10022

Who would have thought that neither of the top two sales of the year would be on Central Park? Not us, certainly, but here you have it: the Ellen Biddle Shipman house sold for almost $35 million after being listed for $48.5 million.

21 Beekman Place
New York, NY 10022

3. $32.5M - 15 Central Park West

15 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023

15 CPW always makes an appearance or two on this list, and this year is no exception. A corner 4BR closed in January for $32.5 million, earning its owners, former Lehman Brothers employees who bought the pad in 2007, a tidy $15 million profit.

15 Central Park West
New York, NY 10023

4. $25M - 15 Central Park West

15 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023

On the very same floor of 15 CPW, NASCAR star Jeff Gordon sold his 3BR/3.5BA for $25 million after buying it for $9.7 million in 2007 and redesigning it with lots of dark wood and granite.

15 Central Park West
New York, NY 10023

5. $24M - 720 Park Avenue

720 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10021

This multi-terraced pad in the Rosario Candela-designed 720 Park Avenue sold quickly, and for almost the full ask, after it was listed in March.

720 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021

6. $23.42M - The Abingdon

320 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014

We never even saw an interior rendering of this 9,600-square-foot triplex in The Abingdon, and, as if to add insult to injury, the buyer was shielded behind the name Hudson Heights Holdings, Inc. The Times, however, thinks that it's hedge funder Steve Cohen, who is also building a mansion on Perry Street and listed his One Beacon Court penthouse for $115 million.

320 West 12th Street
New York, NY 10014

7. $22.4M - The Abingdon

320 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014

Another unit in the Abingdon, one of the two penthouses, closed in May for $22.4 million after originally being listed for $21 million and immediately going into contract. The buyer is hidden behind an LLC.

320 West 12th Street
New York, NY 10014

8. $22M - 950 Fifth Avenue

950 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10037

Billy Macklowe, son of real estate scion Harry Macklowe, bought an opulent prewar duplex in 950 Fifth Avenue for $22 million. The apartment was first listed for $27.5 million.

950 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10037

9. $21M - 733 Park Avenue

733 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10021

Investment banker Herbert Allen got the full $21 million ask for his garishly decorated Park Avenue penthouses, selling it to an unidentified financial person.

733 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021

10. $20.9M - 765 Park Avenue

765 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10021

Financial wizard Christopher Errico bought this Park Avenue pad, not his first, in July, paying $2 million less than the $23 million ask.

765 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021

11. $20M - The San Remo

145 Central Park West, New York, NY 10026

Business guy Nathan Milikowsky bought an 11-room apartment in the San Remo right at the beginning of the year, paying the entire $20 million asking price.

145 Central Park West
New York, NY 10026

12. $19.7M - 18 East 73rd Street

18 East 73rd Street, New York, NY 10021

This lavish 1866 four-story, renovated in the '20s, sold this summer, to an unidentified buyer, for almost $20 million.

18 East 73rd Street
New York, NY 10021

13. $19.5M - 990 Fifth Avenue

990 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10037

A 13-room duplex in a Rosario Candela building is never a bad thing, and this one sold to money-making-guy James Zelter for $19.5 million about a year ago, closing just after New Years.

990 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10037

14. $19.1M - Hal Prince's Townhouse

48 East 74th Street, New York, NY 10021

Certainly one of the most colorful listings of the year, Broadway producer Hal Prince's surprised a lot of people for selling at not that much of a discount, despite the highly personalized decor (and that's an understatement). The buyer is shielded by an LLC.

48 East 74th Street
New York, NY 10021

15. $18.5M - 998 Fifth Avenue

998 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10028

Oh, how original: another fancy Fifth Avenue apartment sold for a whole bunch of money. And the buyer was—wait for it—the senior managing of director of an investing firm.

998 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10028

16. $18.5M - 131 East 64th Street

131 East 64th Street, New York, NY 10065

This limestone townhouse in Lenox Hill, which has a pretty great staircase, sold for $18.5 million to an LLC-shielded buyer last month.

131 East 64th Street
New York, NY 10065

17. $18M - 54 East 64th Street

54 East 64th Street, New York, NY 10065

Another East 64th Street townhouse sold this year for $18 million, which actually meant that the seller took a loss. Whoever he or she was bought the house for $20 million after previous owner Derek Quinlan was forced to unload it after the Irish economy collapsed. It was originally asking $28 million and, oddly, was never officially pricechopped.

54 East 64th Street
New York, NY 10065

18. $18M - 778 Park Avenue

778 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10021

Just sneaking in under the wire, the 17th floor of the Candela-designed 778 Park Avenue sold a couple weeks ago for $18 million, with the sale closing last Thursday.

778 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021

19. $17.63M - 81 Horatio Street

81 Horatio Street, New York, NY 10014

Eligible bachelor John de Neufville spent years having his six-story Horatio Street townhouse renovated extensively, and somewhat oddly. He sold it back in January, for a little less than $2.5 million off the $20 million ask.

81 Horatio Street
New York, NY 10014

20. $17.5M - 249 Central Park West

249 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024

The turreted castle on Central Park West just missed out on the Pricechopper Hall of Fame when it finally sold for $17.5 million in October, after being listed for $30 million two years earlier. It still needs quite a bit of work.

249 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024