The New York Post’s Braden Keil is reporting today that singer Jon Bon Jovi is negotiating to purchase a six-bedroom, 6 1/2-bath penthouse duplex loft in the New Museum building in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood that has been listed for a whopping $26.5 million.

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Bon Jovi is on his way to becoming quite the real-estate magnate. As we reported back in November 2006, the rock icon had listed the apartment he owns in the Park Millennium high-rise condo tower on Manhattan’s Upper West Side for $6.95 million. Bon Jovi had paid $1,833,000 in 1998 for the 28th-floor unit in the Park Millennium, at 111 W. 67th Street/1992 Broadway in Manhattan, where Howard Stern and Regis Philbin also are owners. Bon Jovi also owns a mansion on 8.37 acres on Navesink River Road in Middletown Township, N.J., along with an adjacent, 6.5-acre farm.

Now, the Post’s excellent “Gimme Shelter” celebrity real estate column today has reported that Bon Jovi, who turns 45 tomorrow, has rented out the four-bedroom Park Millennium unit. And, he’s in negotiations, the paper reported, to rent the 7,437-square-foot unit in the prewar New Museum building, which is at 158 Mercer Street in Manhattan. The duplex penthouse loft is on the highest floor in SoHo, and has “protected, panoramic views” in all directions, according to listing information. The upper level has the loft’s public rooms, including a wood-burning fireplace and walls of windows, along with the unit’s master suite with a private study. The upper level also has terraces off both the public rooms and the master suite, according to listing information. A “dramatic stairway” connects the upper level to the lower level, which has 12-foot ceilings, five bedrooms, a family room with a second fireplace, oversized arched windows, a laundry room, two powder rooms and a second kitchen, according to listing information. One can reach both floors via an elevator. Check out the New Museum unit’s listing sheet here.