The long-reported but never-closed purchase of a 16th- and 17th-floor duplex unit by rocker Sting in Manhattan's celebrity-filled 15 Central Park West development finally has closed and been recorded by New York officials, and records show that the purchase came in lower than expected, at $26,500,000.  Sting's representatives filed the purchase deed late on Friday with the city. The New York Observer's crack 'The Real Estate' blog broke the news of the purchase late Friday, and the New York Post's fine celebrity real estate columnist Braden Keil reported on the purchase today as part of his paper's 'Page Six' column.
Previous news accounts had indicated that Sting would pay about $30,000,000 for the 15 CPW unit. Records show that Sting purchased the unit through his real name, Gordon Sumner. They also show that Sting signed a contract to purchase the unit on May 26, 2006, with the deal not formally closing until March 11, 2008 -- almost two years later! Media accounts long have noted that Sting's new unit has five bedrooms and a terrace. Still unclear is what Sting will do with his existing Manhattan residence, an 18-room duplex co-op at 88 Central Park West that Billy Joel once had owned. Sting had had that unit on the market at one time for $24,000,000, but later took it off the market.