The Benjamin N. Duke House

Mexico’s Richest Man Lists Historic NYC Mansion for $113 Million

A piece of Manhattan’s storied history is up for grabs. The Benjamin N. Duke House, a palatial townhouse dating back over a century, is now on the market for an eye-popping USD$80 million (AU$113 million). The current owner, billionaire and former richest man in the world Carlos Slim Helu, is hoping to sell the property after a failed attempt in 2015. Poor Carlos…

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The Benjamin N. Duke House

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The Telcom billionaire, who was once listed as the richest man in the world, according to Forbes Billionaire List, is taking another shot at selling his 20,000 square-foot mansion, located on the luxurious Upper East Side of Manhattan at 1009 Fifth Avenue. Realtors have stated that if sold, the Benjamin N. Duke House will break the record for the most expensive townhouse ever sold in New York City.

Built between 1899 and 1901, the eight-bedroom, ten-bathroom home exudes grandeur, with its stunning views of the city skyline and Central Park from the terrace and rooftop. Designed in the Italian Renaissance palazzo style with Beaux Arts elements by the esteemed firm of Welch, Smith & Provot, this historic home has housed several members of the Duke family over the years, from tobacco, textile and energy industrialist Benjamin N. Duke to several of his family members through the 1970s.

The Benjamin N. Duke House

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From 1901 to 2006, the Benjamin Duke House remained a cherished possession of the Duke family. But, in 2006, American real estate magnate Tamir Sapir swooped in and purchased the historic mansion. Four years later, in 2010, the property changed hands again when billionaire Slim purchased it for a whopping $40 million.

The Benjamin N. Duke House stands tall in one of the most sought-after neighbourhoods for NYC’s elite and is one of the last remaining luxurious mansions along Fifth Avenue facing Central Park that remain in private hands. Owning a piece of history has never been more attainable (not really), with this magnificent mansion offering the chance to live like royalty and bask in the luxury of a bygone era.

So, if you’re looking to make a splash and own a piece of Manhattan history, give listing agent Jorge Lopez, a buzz and make an offer.

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The Benjamin N. Duke House

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The Benjamin N. Duke House

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