Varying information is coming out about the onetime Bob Guccione-owned, 25-room town house at 14-16 East 67th Street in Manhattan, which has been listed for $59 million. The bottom line appears to be that there is no buyer imminent for the mansion, which the New York Post’s Braden Keil humorously labeled a “talking turkey” last Thanksgiving because of its brokers’ inability to get it sold.
In February, Keil reported that the current owners of the porn king’s onetime five-story Beaux Arts mansion, which public records show is New York City-based P.H. Realty Associates, had accepted an undisclosed offer for the mansion. And last month, the Post’s source told the paper that the deal would be signed in the coming days. Now, the New York Observer’s Max Abelson is reporting that a listing agent for the mansion claims that there is no such signed contract whatsoever, and that the town house remains on the market and is attracting plenty of interest. Check out the mansion’s listing sheet here along with an official website for the house here.
Again, today’s Observer item—like the Post items earlier—suggests that a sale price might approach or even exceed the New York City record sale price for a residence: the $53 million that investment banker J. Christopher Flowers paid late last year for the 25-room Harkness mansion at 4 East 75th Street.
Two footnotes: The Guccione mansion often is reported to measure 17,000 square feet or 20,000 square feet, depending on the article, but public records count 14,626 square feet in the mansion, which was built in 1905.
Also, the asking price for the Guccione mansion, which the down-and-out mogul lost after defaulting on loans against it, has varied widely over the years since it first went on the market in 2002, ranging from $29 million to the absurd $99.99 million asking price in February 2006. Reasonable asking prices for the mansion have ranged from $29 million to $59 million.