A palace-like NYC home got a little boost from a princess to help it sell.
A Manhattan mansion where Grace Kelly has reportedly once lived – despite no supporting evidence that she has ever lived there – has finally been sold for $ 25 million, The Real Deal first reported.
The 35-foot-wide Upper East Side townhouse was first put up for sale in 2011 for an ambitious $ 33 million. To help hype the address – 51-53 East 73rd St. – and make it seem worth the price, marketers shouted a rumor that the 12,321-square-foot home formerly belonged to the Princess of Monaco and her husband, among other celebrities.
However, the building’s celebrity pedigree is a long-standing scam dating back to 2013, The Post reported last year.
The property’s then-broker and former president of the Russian-American Chamber of Commerce, Sergei Millian – also known as “Person 1” and the alleged source of the anti-Trump Steele Dossier – told the Daily News about the home’s alleged star association.
When reached by The Post, Millian said he was repeating the Kelly story based on what he had been told by the owner and the late property manager Paul Ender, who was deep in debt and then seeking $ 48 million for the dilapidated townhouse .
Since the purchase of the huge property – the result of two twin apartments from 1889 merging into one in 1947 – Ender treated it like a piggy bank, and its mortgage stood at $ 15.25 million at the end of 2016, public records show.
Other A-lists mistakenly rumored to have had a history with the address include Harry Belafonte, Vice President Nelson Rockefeller and George Soros.
The home has been on the market as part of the Ender family’s bankruptcy proceedings since February 2021. In August 2021, it went to the auction block for a starting bid of $ 15 million. So, just before the end of the year, it was bought by a limited liability company listed as Chai 73 for $ 10 million above that – $ 25 million. The sale includes 2,000 square feet of air rights, The Post reported last year.