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JULY 19, 2012

NYC’s most expensive co-op sells for $54 mil; Uma buys another Gramercy apartment; 785 FIfth Avenue Co-ops David Wright relinquishes his bachelor pad; DeNiro sells West Village townhouse.

DreamWorks co-founder David Geffen broke the record for most expensive NYC co-op by forking over $54 million for the buzzed about mega-ticket penthouse at 785 Fifth Avenue, formerly home to songwriter Denise Rich (who was asking $65 million for it). Prospective residents for the the 12,000-square-foot apartment with 11-foot ceilings, marble and mahogany floors, a wrap-around terrace with Central Park views and a professional recording studio included the prime minister of Qatar, who was apparently nixed by a skeptical co-op board. Geffen owns another apartment in the Upper East Side building, which he reportedly plans to sell (NYPost).

Uma Thurman just bought a one bedroom apartment in the Gramercy Park co-op building where she had lived with ex-husband Ethan Hawke before their divorce. The $1.55 million unit at One Lexington Avenue includes that one rare, sought-after perk: A key to Gramercy Park (CurbedNY)

Mets third baseman David Wright just sold his tricked-out bachelor pad – highlights included a roof deck hot tub, a pool table and a saltwater aquarium – to Karen Boehlert, who is not, in fact, a bachelor. Boehlert and her husband bought the 4,100-square-foot penthouse at the Infinity Flats condo building at 24 East 21st Street for $6 million; it was originally listed at $7.85 million (NYPost).

After a year on the market, Robert DeNiro’s West Village townhouse has finally changed hands for $9.5 million (well below the $14 million ask). Handling the deal was DeNiro’s son Raphael DeNiro, an Elliman broker. The actor had owned the four-story house at 14 Saint Luke’s Place for 30 years (CurbedNY).