UPPER EAST SIDE — The mansion of a prominent art-dealing family is back on the market for $100 million after the nation of Qatar backed out of a deal to purchase it for its consulate in 2014.
The five-story 19 E. 64th St. townhouse near Madison Avenue was listed by Cushman & Wakefield for $10 million more than the asking price in 2013, when Qatar started negotiations to buy it from the Wildenstein family, who used part of the mansion as a gallery to display their collections.
The broker was scarce on details of its interior: it comes with a sweeping staircase, an elevator, 20-foot ceilings, a myriad of rooms and offices, and a paneled salon.
The building was designed by architect Horace Trumbauer in 1932, and the Wildensteins have used it as a residence and art gallery for decades.
Qatari officials backed out of purchasing the building a day before they were scheduled to close on the deal on April 29, 2014. The reason for bailing was not immediately clear.
The Wildensteins filed a lawsuit against Qatar that year for breach of contract, demanding $9 million in damages, fees and litigations costs. The lawsuit was dropped on May 17, 2016.
Meanwhile, the mansion has been sitting empty. Interior images are not available, according to Cushman & Wakefield.
Qatari officials did not immediately return a request for comment and their attorney Steven Sinatra declined to comment.
Cushman & Wakefield declined to comment and referred questions to a representative for the Wildensteins, who did not return a request for comment.