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Fame Slept Here

The Facts: A three-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath co-op.
Asking Price: $4.35 million.
Maintenance: $5,802 per month.
Agent: Jessica Ushan, Brown Harris Stevens.

The comfy beige décor in this 43rd-floor Sutton Place apartment—not to mention Sutton Place itself—is a delightful incongruity when you picture its famous former resident. But it’s true: Freddie Mercury, the insanely flamboyant front man of Queen, bought this place as his Manhattan pied-à-terre in the early eighties. It’s in the Sovereign, a 1974 co-op, and (as you’d expect) the apartment looked a little different when Mercury lived there, with floor-to-ceiling mirrors everywhere and silver-gray satin walls. According to Freddie Mercury: An Intimate Memoir by the Man Who Knew Him Best, by his assistant, Peter Freestone, Mercury considered dozens of apartments before settling on this one, primarily because he was taken with its views of seven bridges and the city’s Art Deco skyscrapers. Nobody seems to remember how much he paid, but the current owner, who bought it from Mercury’s estate in 1992, a year after the singer’s death, is asking $4.35 million.


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