Have a spare $8m? The Breakfast at Tiffany’s House is up for sale

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The New York brownstone featured in the 1961 classic romantic comedy Breakfast at Tiffany’s is on the market at a cool US $8 million (AU$9.14m.).

In Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Holly Golightly, a young New York socialite, lived with her no-name cat at the residence.

Her upstairs neighbor is Mr Yunioshi, a Japanese photographer, played by Mickey Rooney. Her other neighbor is Paul Varjak, played by George Peppard, who eventually becomes her love interest.

Ms Hepburn’s role in the movie is generally regarded as the most significant of her career. Interestingly, the author of the novella the movie is based on, Truman Capote, wanted the role to be played by Marilyn Monroe.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Adapted Screenplay. It won Best Original Score and Best Original Song for Moon River.

The film reportedly cost $2.5million to make, and grossed $4million at the box office (half of what the house is worth now) when it was released. Over its lifetime, it has made approximately $14million.

The house, located at 169 E. 71st St. in Manhattan (Google Maps link) comes with 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms (imagine the cleaning!) and is 334 square meters.

According to the real estate listing:

Beautiful brownstone with elegant stoop divided into 2 duplexes located off Lexington Avenue. The upper duplex consists of a sunny living room with wood burning fireplace and sweeping staircase, powder room, dining room with a wood burning fireplace and a renovated kitchen with laundry. Upstairs are two bedroom suites each with its own renovated bath. The garden duplex apartment with a separate entrance has a living room with a woodburning fireplace, full bath, kitchen and glass enclosed solarium with backyard perfect for entertaining. The upper level includes a front library/office with wood burning fireplace and powder room and a rear large bedroom with wood burning fireplace and bath. Delivered vacant.

The internals weren’t used in the actual movie, but the external facade of the building remains close to its 1961 appearance.

It was sold to its current owner in 2012 by Peter Bacanovic, the former Merrill Lynch broker who served five months in jail for aiding his client Martha Stewart in insider trading in 2004.
Realtors recently dropped the price by 20per cent, but the $8million price tag is still a significant increase from the house’s 2012 selling price: $5,850,000. Mr Bacanovic reportedly bought it for $1,880,000 in 2000.

Here are some pictures from inside the building:

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What do you think? Would you buy the “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” house for $8 million dollars?

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