The Manhattan apartment actress
called home for nearly 40 years—which had remained largely as it was when she lived there—has sold for $8.5 million, or 43% more than its asking price of $5.95 million, according to her great-nephew
The Sweden-born movie star, who became famous in the 1920s and 30s for movies like “Grand Hotel,” bought the apartment in 1954 and used it as her primary home until her death in 1990, according to Mr. Reisfield. The unit’s association with Ms. Garbo helped attract multiple offers and drove up the price, according to
of Halstead, who shared the listing with his son
of the same agency and
Brian K. Lewis
(now of Compass).
Located in a full-service cooperative called the Campanile on 52nd street, the three-bedroom, roughly 2,900-square-foot unit overlooks the East River and has a formal dining room, library and a living room with a balcony and a fireplace. The home went on the market with much of Ms. Garbo’s artwork and furniture, as well as her pink-and-green color palette, intact; those items weren’t included in the sale. “The apartment in many respects was much as it was when she lived in it,” said Woody Kerr. “That was of great interest to the people we showed the apartment to.”
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Mr. Reisfield said the buyers are Garbo fans who showed “a reverence for my great aunt” and aren’t planning to “gut” the apartment. “I think they’re going to be great stewards,” he said.
Mr. Reisfield’s late mother, Gray, inherited the home after Ms. Garbo’s death, and his parents lived there until about 2012, he said. The family no longer lives in New York, and they decided to sell it, Mr. Reisfield said.
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Appeared in the December 29, 2017, print edition as ‘Greta Garbo’s New York Home Sells.’