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NYC’s 20 most expensive homes sold in 2017

It was another banner year for 432 Park Avenue

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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 14th Annual Curbed Awards! Up now: the most expensive homes sold in New York City this year.

Once again, 432 Park Avenue dominates the list of New York’s most expensive sold homes in 2017: the skinny skyscraper, which opened to residents last year, took a whopping seven spots on this list, including the priciest sale of the year: a three-unit, 12,000-square-foot combo pad that closed for $91 million just this month.

The other homes on this list won’t come as too much of a surprise: You’ve got your opulent townhouses, high-end condos, and penthouses with celebrity pedigree. The common thread? Every single property is in Manhattan—no surprises there, either. Now, onward to the list.

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432 Park Avenue, #92A/92B/93B

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Sold for: $91 million

The priciest sale of 2017 just squeaked in under the wire: Three half-floor units at 432 Park Avenue—which, rest assured, will make many appearances on this list—sold to one buyer for a whopping $91 million, with the sale closing earlier this week. Once combined, the three apartments will become one 12,000-square-foot mega-apartment, with some of the best views in the city.

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432 Park Avenue, #85

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Sold for: $65.6 million

No. 2 on this list is another apartment at Rafael Viõly’s skinny skyscraper—this time, a full-floor unit on the 85th floor that sold for just over $65 million. It initially went into contract all the way back in 2013, and doesn’t appear to have ever been listed on the open market.

432 Park Avenue, #83

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Sold for: $65.16 million

Yup, it’s another 432 Park apartment—we told you to get used to seeing them! This one is just two floors below its predecessor on this list, and it closed in March for a little over $65 million. Hong Kong-based billionaire snapped up the apartment.

960 5th Avenue, #3AB

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Sold for: $55 million

A third-floor apartment at 960 Fifth Avenue, a grand, Rosario Candela-designed co-op, sold for $55 million this spring. The home was once owned by Robert Ellsworth, a well-known art dealer, and according to the New York Post, it sold to Standard Industries CEO David Millstone.

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15 Central Park West, #PH40B

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Sold for: $50.6 million

Barclays CEO Bob Diamond listed his 15 Central Park West penthouse last December, and a buyer came along and snapped it up not even six months later. The buyer is reportedly Gongwen Dong, a Hong Kong-based banker who also recently bought an apartment at—where else?—432 Park Avenue.

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56 Leonard, #PH60

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Sold for: $47.8 million

This penthouse on the Jenga tower’s 60th floor was in contract for $47 million, but sold for a bit more than the asking price. The precise closing price was $47,866,945.06, which makes it one of the most expensive closed sales below 14th Street. 

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The San Remo, #2627C

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Sold for: $45 million

It took a while for Demi Moore’s duplex at the San Remo to find a buyer: She first sought to sell in 2014 for a whopping $75 million. Three years—and a $30 million discount—later, the deal is finally done, with the buyer (shielded by an LLC, of course) picking up the 14-room apartment. Its perks include space in one of the building’s iconic towers, among other things.

432 Park Avenue, #84B

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Sold for: $44.6 million

An 84th-floor, half-floor apartment at 432 Park sold for $44.6 million in May. Its new owner is shielded by an LLC.

The Pierre, #PH

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Sold for: $44 million

The Pierre Hotel penthouse of late American financial analyst Martwin Zweig and wife Barbara Zweig finally sold, but not at the aspirational record-setting price the couple once imagined. The sale closed for $44 million, a hefty discount from the $125 million the triplex apartment hit the market for back in 2013.

443 Greenwich Street, #PHH

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Sold for: $43.99 million

Nearly a year after it entered contract, one of 443 Greenwich’s extravagant apartments finally closed, with a final sale price of $44 million. The Real Deal reported that Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton picked up the pad, which comes with its own private pool.

7 East 76th Street

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Sold for: $41.5 million

This opulent seven-bedroom mansion on the Upper East Side’s Gold Coast hit the market in 2015—secret tunnels and all—for $50 million. Two years later, it sold for quite a bit less: The final price was just over $41.5 million, with a portion of the sale going toward a charitable donation. It reportedly sold to Huang Guangyu, the so-called “Bill Gates of China” who’s currently serving a 14-year prison sentence.

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12 East 73rd Street

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Sold for: $41 million

A Neoclassical townhouse once owned by real estate honcho Andrew Farkas sold to the country of Qatar earlier this year, and will allegedly be used as the maid’s quarters for its adjacent townhouse on 72nd Street. (Sure, why not.) The home got a gut renovation courtesy of interior designer Daniel Romualdez.

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The Greenwich Lane, #PHSO

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Sold for: $40 million

Starbucks CEO Howard Schulz snapped up a penthouse at the Greenwich Lane’s tallest building, on West 11th Street, for $40 million early this year. The penthouse is a four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bathroom duplex that sits on the 16th and 17th floors of the building. It has its own private elevator, naturally, and 1,600-square-feet of outdoor space.

432 Park Avenue, #80B

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Sold for: $39.34 million

Here’s another 432 Park apartment, this one on the 80th floor. The sale closed in September, and was a bit below the apartment’s original $44.5 million asking price.

Time Warner Center, #PH77B

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Sold for: $38.9 million

The penthouse atop the Mandarin Oriental Hotel at the Time Warner Center was once asking $50 million, but it sold at a loss—it closed for $38.9 million, or a 22 percent discount.

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551 W 21st Street, #PH20

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Sold for: $38 million

It’s a far cry from this penthouse’s original $50 million price tag, but the Norman Foster-designed pad still made it onto this list with a $38 million sale price. This particular unit—one of three penthouses in the High Line-adjacent building—was delivered as a white box, with nearly 6,400 square feet of customizable interior space, and a 4,579-square-foot private rooftop terrace.

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432 Park Avenue, #81B

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Sold for: $37.7 million

We’re not done with 432 Park yet: This 81st-floor apartment hit the market in March for $45 million, and sold just a few months later, albeit with a hefty discount.

One57, #79

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Sold for: $36.6 million

The original Billionaires’ Row building once dominated these lists, but in 2017, just one of its pricey pads made the cut—and it was a foreclosure sale, to boot. Apartment #79 previously belonged to beleaguered Nigerian oil tycoon Kola Aluko, but after defaulting on his mortgage payments (amid other alleged wrongdoings), the home was put on the auction block—and found a buyer willing to pay $36 million for the 6,240-square-foot spread.

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551 W 21st Street, #PH19

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Sold for: $33.6 million

Another penthouse at Norman Foster’s High Line condo sold this year, and for slightly less than its counterpart one floor up: this one went for precisely $33,605,000.

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432 Park Avenue, #86A

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Sold for: $32.7 million

We end the list as we began: with an exorbitant apartment at 432 Park Avenue. And even the buyer is making his second appearance on the list: Hong Kong banker Gongwen Dong, who dropped $50 million on a penthouse at 15 Central Park West, also picked up this half-floor unit in the city’s tallest residential skyscraper.

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432 Park Avenue, #92A/92B/93B

Douglas Elliman

Sold for: $91 million

The priciest sale of 2017 just squeaked in under the wire: Three half-floor units at 432 Park Avenue—which, rest assured, will make many appearances on this list—sold to one buyer for a whopping $91 million, with the sale closing earlier this week. Once combined, the three apartments will become one 12,000-square-foot mega-apartment, with some of the best views in the city.

Douglas Elliman

432 Park Avenue, #85

Sold for: $65.6 million

No. 2 on this list is another apartment at Rafael Viõly’s skinny skyscraper—this time, a full-floor unit on the 85th floor that sold for just over $65 million. It initially went into contract all the way back in 2013, and doesn’t appear to have ever been listed on the open market.

432 Park Avenue, #83

Sold for: $65.16 million

Yup, it’s another 432 Park apartment—we told you to get used to seeing them! This one is just two floors below its predecessor on this list, and it closed in March for a little over $65 million. Hong Kong-based billionaire snapped up the apartment.

960 5th Avenue, #3AB

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Sold for: $55 million

A third-floor apartment at 960 Fifth Avenue, a grand, Rosario Candela-designed co-op, sold for $55 million this spring. The home was once owned by Robert Ellsworth, a well-known art dealer, and according to the New York Post, it sold to Standard Industries CEO David Millstone.

PropertyShark

15 Central Park West, #PH40B

Douglas Elliman

Sold for: $50.6 million

Barclays CEO Bob Diamond listed his 15 Central Park West penthouse last December, and a buyer came along and snapped it up not even six months later. The buyer is reportedly Gongwen Dong, a Hong Kong-based banker who also recently bought an apartment at—where else?—432 Park Avenue.

Douglas Elliman

56 Leonard, #PH60

Flickr/Shinya Suzuki

Sold for: $47.8 million

This penthouse on the Jenga tower’s 60th floor was in contract for $47 million, but sold for a bit more than the asking price. The precise closing price was $47,866,945.06, which makes it one of the most expensive closed sales below 14th Street. 

Flickr/Shinya Suzuki

The San Remo, #2627C

Sold for: $45 million

It took a while for Demi Moore’s duplex at the San Remo to find a buyer: She first sought to sell in 2014 for a whopping $75 million. Three years—and a $30 million discount—later, the deal is finally done, with the buyer (shielded by an LLC, of course) picking up the 14-room apartment. Its perks include space in one of the building’s iconic towers, among other things.

432 Park Avenue, #84B

Sold for: $44.6 million

An 84th-floor, half-floor apartment at 432 Park sold for $44.6 million in May. Its new owner is shielded by an LLC.

The Pierre, #PH

Sold for: $44 million

The Pierre Hotel penthouse of late American financial analyst Martwin Zweig and wife Barbara Zweig finally sold, but not at the aspirational record-setting price the couple once imagined. The sale closed for $44 million, a hefty discount from the $125 million the triplex apartment hit the market for back in 2013.

443 Greenwich Street, #PHH

Sold for: $43.99 million

Nearly a year after it entered contract, one of 443 Greenwich’s extravagant apartments finally closed, with a final sale price of $44 million. The Real Deal reported that Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton picked up the pad, which comes with its own private pool.

7 East 76th Street

Travis Mark

Sold for: $41.5 million

This opulent seven-bedroom mansion on the Upper East Side’s Gold Coast hit the market in 2015—secret tunnels and all—for $50 million. Two years later, it sold for quite a bit less: The final price was just over $41.5 million, with a portion of the sale going toward a charitable donation. It reportedly sold to Huang Guangyu, the so-called “Bill Gates of China” who’s currently serving a 14-year prison sentence.

Travis Mark

12 East 73rd Street

Corcoran

Sold for: $41 million

A Neoclassical townhouse once owned by real estate honcho Andrew Farkas sold to the country of Qatar earlier this year, and will allegedly be used as the maid’s quarters for its adjacent townhouse on 72nd Street. (Sure, why not.) The home got a gut renovation courtesy of interior designer Daniel Romualdez.

Corcoran

The Greenwich Lane, #PHSO

Sold for: $40 million

Starbucks CEO Howard Schulz snapped up a penthouse at the Greenwich Lane’s tallest building, on West 11th Street, for $40 million early this year. The penthouse is a four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bathroom duplex that sits on the 16th and 17th floors of the building. It has its own private elevator, naturally, and 1,600-square-feet of outdoor space.

432 Park Avenue, #80B

Sold for: $39.34 million

Here’s another 432 Park apartment, this one on the 80th floor. The sale closed in September, and was a bit below the apartment’s original $44.5 million asking price.

Time Warner Center, #PH77B

Mandarin Oriental Penthouse

Sold for: $38.9 million

The penthouse atop the Mandarin Oriental Hotel at the Time Warner Center was once asking $50 million, but it sold at a loss—it closed for $38.9 million, or a 22 percent discount.

Mandarin Oriental Penthouse

551 W 21st Street, #PH20

Foster + Partners

Sold for: $38 million

It’s a far cry from this penthouse’s original $50 million price tag, but the Norman Foster-designed pad still made it onto this list with a $38 million sale price. This particular unit—one of three penthouses in the High Line-adjacent building—was delivered as a white box, with nearly 6,400 square feet of customizable interior space, and a 4,579-square-foot private rooftop terrace.

Foster + Partners

432 Park Avenue, #81B

Sold for: $37.7 million

We’re not done with 432 Park yet: This 81st-floor apartment hit the market in March for $45 million, and sold just a few months later, albeit with a hefty discount.

One57, #79

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Sold for: $36.6 million

The original Billionaires’ Row building once dominated these lists, but in 2017, just one of its pricey pads made the cut—and it was a foreclosure sale, to boot. Apartment #79 previously belonged to beleaguered Nigerian oil tycoon Kola Aluko, but after defaulting on his mortgage payments (amid other alleged wrongdoings), the home was put on the auction block—and found a buyer willing to pay $36 million for the 6,240-square-foot spread.

Skyscrapers and city buildings at sunset. Shutterstock

551 W 21st Street, #PH19

Foster + Partners

Sold for: $33.6 million

Another penthouse at Norman Foster’s High Line condo sold this year, and for slightly less than its counterpart one floor up: this one went for precisely $33,605,000.

Foster + Partners

432 Park Avenue, #86A

Sold for: $32.7 million

We end the list as we began: with an exorbitant apartment at 432 Park Avenue. And even the buyer is making his second appearance on the list: Hong Kong banker Gongwen Dong, who dropped $50 million on a penthouse at 15 Central Park West, also picked up this half-floor unit in the city’s tallest residential skyscraper.