We're late in reporting this, but rocker Jon Bon Jovi on Tuesday morning recorded a deed with the city revealing that he paid exactly $24 million for the six-bedroom, 6 1/2-bath penthouse duplex loft in the New Museum building in Manhattan's SoHo neighborhood.

 

On March 1, we wrote about reports that Bon Jovi was in negotiations to buy the 7,437-square-foot unit, which had been listed for a whopping $26.5 million. We originally had reported that the building's address is 158 Mercer Street, but the deed that Bon Jovi filed with the city, which indicates that he purchased the unit under his real name John Bongiovi, indicates that the building's address is 583 Broadway.

Lost in all the fuss about the sweetness of the unit--and as you can tell from the photos, it really is a sweet unit--is the fact that Bon Jovi's purchase is one of the highest amounts that any American celebrity--and by celebrity, we mean entertainment figure or sports figure, not a captain of business--has ever paid for a residential property. Sure, celebrities have listed properties that they own for more (Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman listing their Beverly Hills estate for $31.9 million, Courteney Cox listing her Malibu home for $33.5 million, etc.). But going above $20 million is still pretty rarefied air; there's clearly no celebrity who has paid that much between the two coasts (Vince Vaughn is the record holder in the flyover part of the country, having paid $12 million last year for a place in Chicago).

And even in L.A. or New York, we're hard-pressed to think of too many celebs who have paid more than $24 million. Some quick examples: Mel Gibson's Millicent Trust paid $22,673,226 in September 2005 for a place at 31430 Broad Beach Road in Malibu, according to public records, while well-known TV producer Mark Burnett's Warley Avenue Trust paid exactly $25 million in early 2005--and not the "high $20 million range" that the Los Angeles Times' Ruth Ryon had written--to purchase the estate at 27540 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu from legendary Hollywood manager and TV producer Albert "Sandy" Gallin, according to public records. Plus, Sting has been reported to be paying around $30 million for a unit at 15 Central Park West in New York City, which is a two-building complex that is still under construction. We're sure that you can think of other examples--as could we, as well, if we weren't writing this in the middle of the night from a Hampton Inn in upstate New York--but you get the general idea.

Credit where credit is due: the New York Observer's Max Abelson broke the story of the $24 million amount on Tuesday afternoon on its blog, a scant eight minutes after city records show that the sale was recorded! And the Real Estalker, as always, did a fine job of offering her two cents' worth as well. The New York Post's fine celebrity real estate columnist Braden Keil originally had the story, and he updated it three weeks later with a report that Bon Jovi would pay $26 million for the unit. Abelson couldn't resist tweaking Keil on that score in this week's report.