Joan Rivers’ Fifth Avenue ‘Palace’ Sells for $28 Million
UPDATE: Late comedian Joan Rivers’ glitzy New York home has sold for its asking price of $ 28 million to unnamed “Middle East royalty,” CNBC reports.
ORIGINAL POST 2/9/2015: Can we talk real estate? Joan Rivers’ Versailles-esque condo on Manhattan’s Upper East Side has hit the market for $ 28 million.
Rivers, who received a posthumous Grammy award earlier this year (see the video about daughter Melissa’s acceptance below) lived in high style in the palatial penthouse just off Fifth Avenue at 1 E. 62nd Street. She used to quip it was a condo fit for Marie Antoinette — if Antoinette were a rich New Yorker.
Rivers’ 11-room condo incorporates the top three floors of a seven-story, Gilded Age mansion built in 1903. The building was converted to condos in the 1930s.
It’s a palace that was fit for the Queen of Comedy, who died in September after undergoing what was expected to be a routine endoscopy. The 5,100-square-foot home features a Louis XIV-inspired ballroom/music room with Greek columns, 23-foot ceilings painted with clouds, gilded antique paneling, and crystal chandeliers. The music room, which doubles as a dining room, features three French doors opening onto a south-facing terrace.
The condo also includes:
- Four bedrooms, 4.5 baths.
- Central Park and Manhattan skyline views.
- Private elevator.
- Wood-paneled library.
- Huge master suite.
- Separate two-bedroom guest apartment with living room and kitchen.
This is the third time Rivers’ condo has been on the market: In 2012 and 2013, it was listed for $ 29.5 million.
Rivers is gone but was not forgotten when she won a Grammy for best spoken word album for her 2014 memoir, “Diary of a Mad Diva.”