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UES Mansion Hits Market for $100M After Deal Fails With Qatar

By Shaye Weaver | August 18, 2016 4:13pm | Updated on August 19, 2016 4:41pm
 19 E. 64th St. is listed for $100 million under Cushman & Wakefield real estate.
East 64th Street Mansion Listed for $100 Million
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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.