MIT Corporation Chairman Buys Helen Gurley Brown Apartment

Price tag: $19.38 million.

One rather odd on-paper aspect of the apartment just sold for close to $19.4 million is this line-item breakdown: 1 BDR, 3 ½ BATH. On the other hand, there are two spectacular terraces, one that measures 53 feet by 44 feet and overlooks Central Park.

The buyer is Robert B. Millard, chairman of the MIT Corporation. The previous owner, per a New York Times item by Vivian Marino, a storied member of the media elite:

Helen Gurley Brown’s penthouse, 22D, occupies the southeast tower of the Beresford, the 1929 Emery Roth-designed limestone and brick building on Central Park West, between 81st and 82nd Streets.

Ms. Brown, the longtime editor of Cosmopolitan magazine, and her husband, the film and theater producer David Brown (whose movies included The Sting and Jaws) bought the apartment in the 1970s from the director Mike Nichols. Ms. Brown died in August 2012 at the age of 90,two years after Mr. Brown, with no children or other heirs.

The New York Times piece has a ten-picture slide show that is well worth checking out.

P.S. Coincidentally, Vanity Fair this morning posted a piece from the August issue by James Wolcott. The headline reads: “Helen Gurley Brown, Terry McDonell, and the Glossy Glory Days of Magazines.”

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