Saturday 18 November, 2017

Got $17Million? Rihanna’s four-bedroom penthouse duplex in NY for sale

Rihanna's lavish four-bedroom penthouse duplex in New York has been listed for a staggering $16.9million.

The Bajan beauty, 29, has been renting the apartment for an eye-watering $50,000-a-month from French fashion photographer Antoine Verglas for four years, since moving to Manhattan from Los Angeles in 2013.

The huge 4,660 square feet pad boasts an expansive wraparound terrace, chef's kitchen and views of the iconic Empire State Building from the bathroom.

A secure, key-lock elevator opens into an immense, concrete floored L-shaped living, dining and entertaining space on the penthouse's upper floor.

There's also an expensively outfitted chef's kitchen and a dry bar. On the lower level, there's one en suite bedroom for guests or staff and two more roomy bedrooms.

The corner master suite boasts a large bedroom with open city views to the north and west, a walk-in closet and a bathroom with a glass-enclosed shower and a tub set below a window with views to the Empire State Building.

Rihanna's 11th and 12th-floor pad, which also boasts 13-foot ceilings and a woodburning fireplace, is on the border of Soho, Chinatown and Little Italy.

The star started out paying $39,000-a-month for the flat, which has since climbed to a whopping $50,000.

It was put up for sale on Thursday, but sources told The New York Post if Rihanna changes her mind and wants to stay it could go back off the market.

The seller is celebrity fashion photographer Antoine Verglas, who bought the duplex for $6.1million in 2005 and has been trying to sell it since 2009 - with prices varying from $18.7million to $9.6million at different times.

Verglas has photographed supermodels like Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, Cindy Crawford, Stephanie Seymour and Linda Evangelista as well as First Lady Melania Trump.

Previous occupants of the building include Theodora and Alexandra Richards, the model daughters of Rolling Stones legend Keith Richards and Patti Hansen, who sold their third-floor flat last year.

The building, which was built in 1911 and used to be a bookbinders and printing houses, was converted to in 2004.

Meanwhile, the Umbrella star bought a $6.5million Hollywood Hills pad with six bedrooms, a cinema and giant swimming pool in August.

The 29-year-old won't be short of space in this 7,000 square foot property, which was completed in 2015 and will no doubt serve as a love nest for her and boyfriend Hassan Jameel.

Rihanna also has a palatial $22million mansion in her native Barbados at the luxury Sandy Lane resort, which overlooks the Caribbean Sea and boasts an infinity pool, outdoor whirlpool, gym and around-the-clock concierge and service staff.