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Topping the list of last year's most expensive sales was a $42 million sale on Gramercy Park. That's small potatoes, darlings, because this year blew 2013 out of the water, with not one, but two record-breaking co-op sales that topped the $70M mark. Thanks to the number-crunchers at PropertyShark, we've got intel on the top 13 closed sales of 2014, taking into account single and two- family homes, condos and co-ops. The list includes One57's first resale, Reed Krakoff's outstandingly renovated Upper East Side townhouse, and more. Yup, we get it now: 2014 truly has been a bonkers expensive year for Manhattan real estate. Read on.


More on the 740 Park record-setting sale:
· $71.3M Park Avenue Pad Is NYC's Most Expensive Co-op Ever
· France's Palatial 740 Park Pad Sells for $70M, Way Over Ask
· Who Listed This Candela-Built $48M Pad at 740 Park Better?
· All 740 Park coverage

More on the 960 Fifth Avenue almost-record-setting co-op sale:
· Egypt's Richest Man Buys NYC's Most Expensive Co-op Ever
· Fifth Avenue Co-op In Contract For Record-Setting $70M
· Inside Billionaire Bronfman's Fifth Ave. Penthouse, Asking $65M
· Edgar Bronfman's $65M Fifth Ave. Penthouse Officially Listed

More on One57's sales:
· One57 Sales Grind to a Virtual Halt as Competition Arrives
· First One57 Flip Nets $3.5 Million Five Months After Sale
· Behind the Scenes Video From One57's Former Sales Office
· Rentals, Remaining Condos At One57 Start Hitting The Market
· All One57 coverage

More on Reed Krakoff's townhouse sale:
· Inside The $51M UES Mansion Designer Reed Krakoff Just Sold
· Snakeskin Bathroom Watch

More on the Walker Tower penthouse sale:
· Did CEO Neil Moffitt Buy the $50.9M Walker Tower PH?
· Walker Tower PH Sells For $50.9M, Sets Downtown Record
· All Walker Tower coverage [Curbed]

More on the 15 Central Park West sale:
· 15 CPW Pad Is Building's Second Most Expensive Buy at $48M
· All 15 Central Park West coverage

More on Rupert Murdoch's One Madison buy:
· Rupert Murdoch Drops $57.5M On Four Floors At One Madison
· Murdoch Closes at One Madison
· All One Madison coverage

More on Jon Stryker's Prasada penthouse sale:
· Billionaire Activist Sells Design Award-Winning PH for $42M
· Billionaire Activist Wants $48M for Award-Winning Penthouse

More on 1136 Fifth Avenue Gossip Girl penthouse sale:
· Fifth Avenue's Gossip Girl Penthouse Sells For $5M Over Ask
· $30 Million Gossip Girl Penthouse Goes Into Contract
· Real Life Version of Fictional Gossip Girl Penthouse Wants $30M

More on Simon Fuller's Plaza sale:
· American Idol Creator Sells Plaza Pads
· All Plaza coverage

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1. $71.3M - 740 Park Avenue

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740 Park Ave, New York, NY 10021
New York, NY 10021

And now, the most expensive co-op sale ever recorded, which hit record books this year. In August, after a fierce bidding war, billionaire and Millennium hedge fund guru Israel "Izzy" Englander emerged victorious and officially paid a whopping $71,277,500 for a palatial duplex at the world's richest apartment building. The 18-room apartment at 740 Park Avenue was formerly occupied by France's ambassador to the UN, which hit the market in April asking a "mere" $48 million. The in-debt nation paid something like $600,000 for the place back in 1979. And now Englander, who already lives in the building, has a "pied-a-terre" for when his children and grandkids come to town. The most priciest win-win ever?

2. $70M - 960 Fifth Avenue

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New York, NY 10075

Egypt's richest man held the record for purchasing the city's most expensive co-op—the year's second most expensive sale—for about three months. After a bidding war, construction magnate (and billionaire, of course) Nassef Sawiris spent $70 million on a penthouse at 960 Fifth Avenue formerly owned by the late Edgar Bronfman, Sr. Bronfman passed away in December of last year, and his full-floor, 16-room apartment officially listed for $65M in March. Sawiris will enjoy five bedrooms, 8.5 bathrooms, a ginormous wraparound terrace with 100-feet of frontage along Central Park, and four staff rooms on the floor below. He'll probably need that built-in safe, too. The purchase unseated a $54 million buy further south on Fifth Avenue back in 2012. Small change, these days. Then it was unseated itself by Englander's buy, above. Whew.

3. $56.1M - One57

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157 W 57th St
New York, NY 10019
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Despite reports that 57th Street megatower One57 is having trouble finding buyers for its remaining units on lower floors, high-up apartments that sold last year and closed this year take up three of the highest spots on this list. On the 82nd floor, this apartment sold to Ridgewood 57 Inc. for an eye-popping 56,079,298.25.

4. $55.5M - One57

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New York, NY 10019
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Apartment 81 just sold in December 2014 for $55,498,125 to Rebecca Moores, the ex-wife of the former Padres owner. She's going to use the five-bedroom, four-and-a-half bathroom apartment with a 75-foot-long entrance hall as... wait for it... a pied-a-terre.

5. $53M - One57

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One floor down at unit 80, though, the buyer is hidden behind a company called Lapusny. It cost $52,952,500 and closed in November.

6. $51M - 113-115 East 70th Street

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115 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021

Former Coach creative director Reed Krakoff made bank selling a completely lovely Upper East Side townhouse that he and his wife renovated. Among its attributes: a snakeskin bathroom with a "a spheroid toilet more stunning than anything the vast majority of the population will ever own"; a staircase that is reminiscent of the Guggenheim's ramps; and much, much more.

7. $50.9M - Walker Tower

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211 West 18th Street
New York, NY 10011

Art Deco condo conversion Walker Tower made headlines this year when Penthouse 1 sold for nearly $51 million, setting a downtown record. It was apparently an all-cash transaction, with the buyer in the full-floor, 6,000-square-foot space for "less than five minutes" before stating "I'll take it." Although public record shows the purchaser is shielded behind an anonymous LLC, rumor has it that it's Neil Moffitt, British-born entrepreneur and CEO of global restaurant/nightclub brand Hakkasan.

8. $48M - 15 Central Park West

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New York, NY 10023
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The Limestone Jesus has still got it. Home to some of the city's ritziest denizens, 15 Central Park West houses this 18th- and 19th-floor duplex originally wanted a whopping $62.5 million, but ultimately sold to an anonymous LLC in May. That makes it the building's second most expensive transaction, after former Citigroup Sandy Weill's, who sold his place for $88M.

9. $43M - One Madison

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23 East 22nd Street
New York, NY 10010

Once-troubled tower One Madison now counts celebrities like Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady along its owners. Add to that magnate Rupert Murdoch, who bought the bonkers triplex penthouse in August; the deal closed in March. The 6,850-square-foot sponsor unit, a 5BR/5.5BA with a wraparound terrace and statement staircase, ultimately raked in $43 million.

10. $42M - The Prasada

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50 Central Park West
New York, NY 10023

One of the most impressive listings of 2013—the design award-winning Central Park West penthouse triplex belonging to billionaire activist, philanthropist, and monkey-saver Jon Stryker—sold in April to a trust for $6M under ask. It's gorgeous.

11. $35M - 1136 Fifth Avenue

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New York, NY 10128

In May, the penthouse at 1136 Fifth Avenue hit the market asking $30 million. Owned by Warner Music Group CEO Stephen F. Cooper, the tony building is used in establishing shots for Gossip Girl character Blair Waldorf's fictional penthouse home. It was in contract by August. Finance guy Anton Levy picked up the apartment for $5M over ask in September. (Cooper had paid $20M for it, so he came out of the whole thing pretty well.)

12. $34M - One57

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New York, NY 10019
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Back to everyone's favorite 57th Street megatower. Unit 58A, a three-bedroom, was One57's very first flip. (D'awww.) Investor Sso Enterprises paid $30.55 million for the unit back in May, and flipped it to hedge fund manager Harvey Sandler, who paid $34 million.

13. $33.2M - The Plaza

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New York, NY 10019
(212) 759-3000
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In October, the man who invented "American Idol" and also the Spice Girls, sold off adjacent three Plaza apartments—units 901, 902, and 903—worth $38 million. Yes, that would be Simon Fuller. Unfortunately, there are no images of the apartments; only a floorplan for unit 901. Combined 901-903 sold for $33.2M, the sum that made this list, while separated 902 also got plucked up for $4.8M. For the anonymous seller, we imagine another combo is in the cards.

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1. $71.3M - 740 Park Avenue

740 Park Ave, New York, NY 10021, New York, NY 10021

And now, the most expensive co-op sale ever recorded, which hit record books this year. In August, after a fierce bidding war, billionaire and Millennium hedge fund guru Israel "Izzy" Englander emerged victorious and officially paid a whopping $71,277,500 for a palatial duplex at the world's richest apartment building. The 18-room apartment at 740 Park Avenue was formerly occupied by France's ambassador to the UN, which hit the market in April asking a "mere" $48 million. The in-debt nation paid something like $600,000 for the place back in 1979. And now Englander, who already lives in the building, has a "pied-a-terre" for when his children and grandkids come to town. The most priciest win-win ever?

740 Park Ave, New York, NY 10021
New York, NY 10021

2. $70M - 960 Fifth Avenue

960 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10075

Egypt's richest man held the record for purchasing the city's most expensive co-op—the year's second most expensive sale—for about three months. After a bidding war, construction magnate (and billionaire, of course) Nassef Sawiris spent $70 million on a penthouse at 960 Fifth Avenue formerly owned by the late Edgar Bronfman, Sr. Bronfman passed away in December of last year, and his full-floor, 16-room apartment officially listed for $65M in March. Sawiris will enjoy five bedrooms, 8.5 bathrooms, a ginormous wraparound terrace with 100-feet of frontage along Central Park, and four staff rooms on the floor below. He'll probably need that built-in safe, too. The purchase unseated a $54 million buy further south on Fifth Avenue back in 2012. Small change, these days. Then it was unseated itself by Englander's buy, above. Whew.

960 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10075

3. $56.1M - One57

157 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019

Despite reports that 57th Street megatower One57 is having trouble finding buyers for its remaining units on lower floors, high-up apartments that sold last year and closed this year take up three of the highest spots on this list. On the 82nd floor, this apartment sold to Ridgewood 57 Inc. for an eye-popping 56,079,298.25.

157 W 57th St
New York, NY 10019

4. $55.5M - One57

157 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019

Apartment 81 just sold in December 2014 for $55,498,125 to Rebecca Moores, the ex-wife of the former Padres owner. She's going to use the five-bedroom, four-and-a-half bathroom apartment with a 75-foot-long entrance hall as... wait for it... a pied-a-terre.

157 W 57th St
New York, NY 10019

5. $53M - One57

157 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019

One floor down at unit 80, though, the buyer is hidden behind a company called Lapusny. It cost $52,952,500 and closed in November.

157 W 57th St
New York, NY 10019

6. $51M - 113-115 East 70th Street

115 East 70th Street, New York, NY 10021

Former Coach creative director Reed Krakoff made bank selling a completely lovely Upper East Side townhouse that he and his wife renovated. Among its attributes: a snakeskin bathroom with a "a spheroid toilet more stunning than anything the vast majority of the population will ever own"; a staircase that is reminiscent of the Guggenheim's ramps; and much, much more.

115 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021

7. $50.9M - Walker Tower

211 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011

Art Deco condo conversion Walker Tower made headlines this year when Penthouse 1 sold for nearly $51 million, setting a downtown record. It was apparently an all-cash transaction, with the buyer in the full-floor, 6,000-square-foot space for "less than five minutes" before stating "I'll take it." Although public record shows the purchaser is shielded behind an anonymous LLC, rumor has it that it's Neil Moffitt, British-born entrepreneur and CEO of global restaurant/nightclub brand Hakkasan.

211 West 18th Street
New York, NY 10011

8. $48M - 15 Central Park West

15 Central Park West, 15 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023

The Limestone Jesus has still got it. Home to some of the city's ritziest denizens, 15 Central Park West houses this 18th- and 19th-floor duplex originally wanted a whopping $62.5 million, but ultimately sold to an anonymous LLC in May. That makes it the building's second most expensive transaction, after former Citigroup Sandy Weill's, who sold his place for $88M.

15 Central Park West, 15 Central Park West
New York, NY 10023

9. $43M - One Madison

23 East 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010

Once-troubled tower One Madison now counts celebrities like Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady along its owners. Add to that magnate Rupert Murdoch, who bought the bonkers triplex penthouse in August; the deal closed in March. The 6,850-square-foot sponsor unit, a 5BR/5.5BA with a wraparound terrace and statement staircase, ultimately raked in $43 million.

23 East 22nd Street
New York, NY 10010

10. $42M - The Prasada

50 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023

One of the most impressive listings of 2013—the design award-winning Central Park West penthouse triplex belonging to billionaire activist, philanthropist, and monkey-saver Jon Stryker—sold in April to a trust for $6M under ask. It's gorgeous.

50 Central Park West
New York, NY 10023

11. $35M - 1136 Fifth Avenue

1136 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10128

In May, the penthouse at 1136 Fifth Avenue hit the market asking $30 million. Owned by Warner Music Group CEO Stephen F. Cooper, the tony building is used in establishing shots for Gossip Girl character Blair Waldorf's fictional penthouse home. It was in contract by August. Finance guy Anton Levy picked up the apartment for $5M over ask in September. (Cooper had paid $20M for it, so he came out of the whole thing pretty well.)

1136 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10128

12. $34M - One57

157 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019

Back to everyone's favorite 57th Street megatower. Unit 58A, a three-bedroom, was One57's very first flip. (D'awww.) Investor Sso Enterprises paid $30.55 million for the unit back in May, and flipped it to hedge fund manager Harvey Sandler, who paid $34 million.

157 W 57th St
New York, NY 10019

13. $33.2M - The Plaza

768 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10019

In October, the man who invented "American Idol" and also the Spice Girls, sold off adjacent three Plaza apartments—units 901, 902, and 903—worth $38 million. Yes, that would be Simon Fuller. Unfortunately, there are no images of the apartments; only a floorplan for unit 901. Combined 901-903 sold for $33.2M, the sum that made this list, while separated 902 also got plucked up for $4.8M. For the anonymous seller, we imagine another combo is in the cards.

768 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10019