Grace Kelly’s hoax New York mansion sells for $25 million
A lavish New York home has gotten a little push from a princess to help it sell.
A Manhattan mansion where Grace Kelly is said to have once resided — despite no evidence to support that she ever lived there — has finally sold for $25 million, The Real Deal First reported.
The 35-foot-wide Upper East Side townhouse first went on sale in 2011, for an ambitious $33 million. To help publicize the address – 51-53 East 73rd St. – and make it worthwhile, marketers touted a rumor that the 12,321-square-foot home was once owned by the Princess of Monaco and her husband, among other celebrities.
However, the building’s celebrity pedigree is a long-running scam dating back to 2013, The Post reported last year.
Sergei Millian, then property broker and former president of the Russian-American Chamber of Commerce, also known as ‘Person 1’ and alleged source of the anti-Trump Steele dossier, told the house’s alleged star association to the Daily News.
When contacted by The Post, Millian said he was repeating Kelly’s story based on what he was told by landlord and late property manager Paul Ender, who was deeply in debt and was then seeking $48 million. dollars for the deterioration of the townhouse.
Since buying the huge property – the result of merging two twin 1889 apartment buildings into one in 1947 – Ender has treated it like a piggy bank, and his mortgage was $15.25 million. dollars at the end of 2016, according to public records.
Harry Belafonte, Vice President Nelson Rockefeller and George Soros are other celebrities who are rumored to have had a history with the address.
The home has been on the market in the Ender family’s bankruptcy proceedings since February 2021. In August 2021, it went up for auction for a starting bid of $15 million. Then, just before the end of the year, it was purchased by a limited company listed as Chai 73 for another $10 million – $25 million. The sale includes 2,000 square feet of air rights, The Post reported last year.