“Did the $12,000 mahogany shaving basin put the apartment in a habitable condition, Mr. Black?”
Donald Trump was a no-show, but there was plenty to digest at the Conrad Black fraud trial yesterday.
Here’s what the jury heard: Black renovated his 4,500-square-foot Park Avenue apartment with $4.6M worth of “fittings” — which Black’s Hollinger media agreed to pay for as a “capital expenditure” — to make it “habitable.”
Just what kind of fittings does one buy for $4.6 million? Glad you asked:
- 1920s Chinese carpet, $33,000
- Persian mother of pearl box, $9,600
- French terracotta vase, $3,750
- Louis XVI-style painted stools (pair), $9,000
- diamond vault, $9,800
- Indian relief depicting some elephants, $17,710
- art deco Wedgwood urn, $2,295
- shaving basin (“mahogany barbiere with porcelain bottle that belonged to Napoleon during the campaign of Russia”), $12,500
- electric towel warmer, $4,300
By the way — the apartment? Black lived used it rent-free between 1994 and 2000.