Courtney Sale Ross seeks record price for duplex at 740 Park Ave.

By Carol Eisenberg

October 26, 2008 at 9:25am

It could become the most expensive apartment ever sold in New York.

Courtney Sale Ross, widow of the late Time Warner chairman Steve Ross, is quietly shopping her duplex at 740 Park Avenue, according to the New York Observer. The asking price is $60 million.

The 32-room apartment is so exclusive that it is not being openly marketed, broker Edward Lee Cave told the Observer.

“There will only be 10 people who can see the apartment,” he said. “Because there will only be 10 people who are appropriate to see it. If somebody very, very, very important calls me, I will run it by her.”

Ross, an education philanthropist, and her late husband, created what is believed to be the single largest apartment in the luxury building by combining two apartments, one reportedly with 14 rooms; the other, with 18. One of the apartment’s old owners told the writer Michael Gross that a dining room and kitchen were made into a children’s room, a living room became a screening room, and a bedroom was “sueded.”

Among Ross’ neighbors are John A. Thain, the Merrill Lynch chairman soon to become the global banking head of Bank of America, philanthropist Ronald Lauder and Stephen A. Schwarzman, the co-founder of the Blackstone Group.

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