Movie producer and Jones Apparel Group founder Sidney Kimmel reportedly has sold his mansion in Palm Beach, Fla. for its $81,500,000 asking price, less than a month after the estate went on the market. The Palm Beach Post today provided the best details on the transaction, noting that the officially recorded sale price was $77.5 million, but that the listing agent revealed that Thornton paid another $4 million in closing costs, to make the final purchase price $81,500,000. 340x.jpg We're easily the last to report on this, but news accounts started filtering out earlier this week -- first on Wednesday, in the Palm Beach Daily News -- that Kimmel had closed on the mansion on Tuesday, selling it for its full asking price to former Goldman Sachs president and co-chief operating officer John Thornton, who left Goldman in 2003 to run the nonprofit Brookings Institution think tank in Washington, DC. In 1998, Kimmel completed work on the mansion, at 1236 S. Ocean Blvd. in Palm Beach. He had purchased the land that the mansion sits on in July 1993 for $5,500,000, according to public records. The six-bedroom mansion was designed by architect Thierry W. Despont (who also designed Bill Gates' mansion in Washington) and has 12 baths, floor-to-ceiling walls of glass, tropical gardens, fountains and reflecting pools, and rich mahogany and pale French limestone throughout. The property enjoys fully 301 feet of ocean frontage. And, the mansion measures either 18,437 square feet (according to public records) or 32,316 square feet (according to listing information). 3996_1.jpg3996_12.jpg3996_11.jpg3996_10.jpg3996_9.jpg3996_8.jpg3996_7.jpg3996_6.jpg3996_5.jpg3996_4.jpg3996_3.jpg We don't normally include photos of non-celebrities, but in the case of the bespectacled and likable-looking Thornton -- Florida's new $81.5 million man -- we couldn't resist. Check out an online listing sheet for Thornton's new estate -- complete with photos -- here. In addition to also writing on the Kimmel-Thornton transaction, the 'Private Properties' column in today's Wall Street Journal also noted several other recent eye-popping deals in Palm Beach: 1) the 5,997-square-foot mansion at 212 Via Palma in Palm Beach that had been owned by the late Howard Gittis (a man who was a staple in Palm Beach real-estate gossip columns for many years) reportedly just sold for $22.45 million, just below its $23.5 million asking price; and 2) the Palm Beach mansion of the family of designer Vera Wang, which we wrote about on March 11 and which has been on the market for $19 million, apparently is under contract. That Addison Mizner-designed mansion, at 640 S. Ocean Blvd., measures either 9,706 square feet (according to public records) or 11,654 square feet (according to listing information). However, the big news out of today of course relates to the Kimmel sale. As we've noted in the past, Kimmel now owns Johnny Carson's former 7,083-square-foot mansion at 6962 Wildlife Drive in Malibu, Calif., which his 6962 Wildlife Associates LLC company purchased on February 23, 2007 for either $38 million or $40 million, depending on which source one consults (public records aren't clear). One could, in fact, say, that in the last year-plus, Kimmel has shifted from owning a trophy property on one ocean to owning a trophy property on another ocean.