It’s baack! A little more than two years after the nation of Qatar pulled out of what would have been a record deal to buy the Wildenstein mansion at 19 East 64th Street, it has been re-listed by the billionaire art family for $100 million.
Though there are no interior images available, the listing on Cushman & Wakefield notes that the townhouse features a “paneled salon that was in Talleyrand’s 18th Century Parisian townhouse” as well as 20-foot ceilings, a paneled elevator that reaches all floors and a “sweeping staircase.” The townhouse has 21,072 square feet and is available for long term lease or for sale.
In August 2014, the Real Deal reported that the nation of Qatar had pulled out of a $90 million deal to buy the townhouse to use as their consulate. Some speculated the reason could be that Qatar was looking to lower its profile after negative press surrounding the FIFA World Cup; Qatar claimed it was because Guy Wildenstein was involved in money laundering schemes. The Wildensteins sued and the case was settled out of court in May 2016.
The Wildenstein family has owned the building for 90 years, and this townhouse is one of many assets they are trying to rid themselves of; in June, Guy Wildenstein listed his mansion at 7 Sutton Square for $49 million and Goffs Auction house announced that it would be auctioning off 110 of the Wildensteins’ race horses in September. Guy Wildenstein has been accused of tax fraud and money laundering for attempting to hide artworks and assets he inherited from his father, and he is currently in the midst of a major lawsuit in France. [Bloomberg]