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In addition, the property has 75 cooperative apartments which are perhaps even more exclusive. These include a triplex penthouse which is currently listed for sale at US$95 million, a veritable bargain, compared to an initial listing price last year of US$125 million at least, for the so far unsold masterpiece.
At a slightly more affordable price a four bedroom unit there, number 33, has just sold, we are told for about US$10 million. The sale was brokered by Anne Easton of Douglas Elliman and the apartment belonged to Israeli former movie star Gila Rosenhaus, who today is 73.
The buyer, according to the New York Observer, is the movie theatre chain National Amusements Inc, which is owned by billionaire Sumner Redstone and his daughter Shari. Sumner Redstone has been a resident in the building, so may have added this unit now.
Gila was born in Poland in 1940 and was hidden from the Nazis by Catholic adopted parents before going to a home for lost Jewish children after the war. When she came to Israel in 1951 she grew up there as Miriam Goldberg and eventually became 2nd in the Miss World competition when she was 20, representing the State of Israel under the stage name she used thereafter Gila Golan.
After moving to New York Gila began a modelling career, and then made her first movie playing Elsa Lutz in Stanley Kramer’s wonderful movie Ship of Fools, made in 1965. She took the name of Rosenhaus from her second husband Matty Rosenhaus, whom she married in 1969 and with whom she had three daughters. He was a major shareholder at the time in Columbia pictures and a pharmaceuticals tycoon as well. He died in 1980 of a heart attack.
Today Gila Rosenhaus lives mainly in Florida with her third husband. The apartment she has just sold is of course spacious and exceptionally elegant, with ten foot ceilings and antique fireplace but, of course, the bulk of its value comes from its non-replicable location.
As an interesting cameo to this story the broker for the deal, Anne Easton, must have had considerable empathy with her client. Not only a longtime upper East Side resident herself, she had also moved to Israel, from Germany, when she was very small too. Anne Easton then spent her formative years in Israel like Gila, but today says she considers no home better than New York City.