Leonard Blavatnik Buys a Castle in the Sky

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Leonard Blavatnik can fit 23 of your apartments in his. Photo: Photo:Newscom

Leonard Blavatnik arrived in New York in the seventies dead-ass broke. (Just like our friend Elie Tahari!) But investments in oil fields, copper, and other businesses made him insanely rich, rich enough to drop 41 million pounds on an estate in London and now $150 million bucks on an apartment at The Mark at 77th and Madison, the most money that anyone has ever paid for a place in New York. So what will it get him? Well! The following to be read in the voice of Robin Leach: A personal lift will take Blavatnik up to his 30,000 square foot, 23-bedroom space, the a combination of what would have been five separate units on the top three floors of the building. The place has 26-foot ceilings, some of which are made with landmarked copper, and some of which have skylights. There's also 3,900 square feet of outdoor space, including a 2,300-square-foot roof terrace with a fireplace. Oh, and there are fireplaces inside, too, multiple fireplaces even though there is also naturally central heat and air-conditioning, along with assorted other amenities, such as a full-size gym, and twice-daily maid service, fresh linens, and room service. Appliances include but are not limited to a Gaggenau oven (which retails for around $5,000) and Sub-Zero refrigerator and two-zone wine cooler. Last but not least, the hotel's Website states that the bathrooms are "sumptuous" and complete with bidets. Which we guess proves once and for all that, no, Russian billionaires do not conduct their bathroom business quite like the rest of us.

The Mark Hotel [Official site]
THE $150M CASTLE: MOGUL'S RECORD DEAL ON E. 77TH [NYP]

UPDATE: Right, so this is maybe not exactly true. "A letter of intent was signed for those units and that's the story. It doesn't mean he bought it," Post reporter Braden Keil tells Gawker.