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You can own the last Manhattan's Gilded Age villas for $50M.
Manhattan's last unspoilt old age villa is for auction - and it will only throw you back $50?million. However, you will have to queue up, because there are already six prospective purchasers at the top to buy the Fifth Avenue townhouse. Upper East Side Palast is reminiscent of the splendour of Versailles with its palacelike stairs of pure titanium granite, modeled after the Petit Trianon and rising up into the sky.
There' s even a working oven from 1905, the year the house - constructed by the same architect's office that created the Grand Central Terminal - was finished for its first proprietor, R. Livingston Beeckman, a broker and later governing body of Rhode Island. Furniture, works of art, frescoes and frescoes are contained in the sales prices.
This was also a homage to the Golden Age - the concept that Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner shaped in 1873 to satirise the materialist observations of America's new riches after the Civil War. The Gilded Age villas, often modelled on the French palace-like castles, were built at the end of the 19th century by famous industry and finance companies such as Vanderbilt, Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller and Jay Gould.
Most of the largest houses were constructed as holiday residences in Long Island, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, while villas in "town" were a " Millionaire's Road " on Fifth Avenue on the Upper East Side. Astor family's first manor house on Fifth Avenue and 33th Street was the Astor house with a 400-person ball-room.
On the second level, the refectory displays lavish ceilings and frescoes with "sculptural scenes" of "paired cherubim". This $60,000 house was first bought in 1912 for $725,000 by George Grant Mason - "the highest home purchase fee in Manhattan at the time", the media said.
Commodore's grandchild shaped the interiors and added detail such as the multiply coupled "sculptural scenes" in the lavish ceilings in the second storey dinning room. In 1946, when the inheritress passed away, she bought the property for 300,000 dollars to the Republic of Yugoslavia.
This $150,000 drop in the selling prices was due to the post-war downturn in the housing markets and the fact that many of the furniture had been auctions. The acquisition was announced in the city' s papers. "It' s one of the most beautiful privately owned houses on Fifth Avenue," the New York Times raved when Yugoslavia took ownership of the land in December 1946.
Serving as the nation's UN mission for years, the edifice still has a Cold War vestige - a clandestine metal-clad room known as Faraday Kage, which enabled officers of the USSR Alliance to talk or make phone conversations without the danger of being tapped. After an attack on him in the Waldorf Astoria in 1963, the manor house with its bullet-proof Central Park window also serves as a transitory hiding place for the Yugoslavian Strongmann Josip Broz Tito.
After years of litigation, Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia and Macedonia - the five former states of the former Soviet Union - negotiated an accord last weekend to dispose of the villa and an extensive Park Avenue cooperative that was once the UN ambassador's home.
On 730 Park Ave, the 4,400 square meter large two-way. There are five patios and three chimneys and it will be listed just below $20 million, Harper explained the post.