Capote's NYC house fetches $12M

March 3, 2012 at 1:16 PM
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NEW YORK, March 3 (UPI) -- The so-called Truman Capote house in New York City where the author wrote "Breakfast at Tiffany's" has sold for $12 million.

The yellow mansion in Brooklyn Heights sold for the highest price for a single-family home in borough history, the New York Daily News reported Friday. The previous record was $11 million for a house also in the Heights.

Capote rented the downstairs apartment from Broadway producer Oliver Smith and threw lavish parties at the house when Smith was out of town, the News said.

The mansion, which was originally listed at $18 million in May 2010, has 11 fireplaces, parking for four cars, crystal chandeliers, Greek Revival columns and a stairwell mural based on the Kennedy White House.

Neighbors told the News they saw moving trucks and cars in the driveway at the house Friday.

"My son used to play with a boy who lived in the house, and it really is just an amazing building," said Dawne Hentrich, a teacher at a nearby school. "The price doesn't surprise me, this neighborhood used to be more middle class, but it's been gentrified times 10, which isn't a bad thing."

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