Who will be the new owner of the apartment that the writer and her husband John G. Dunne kept in the exclusive neighborhood of the Upper East Side until his death?
This is the beautiful $7.5 million apartment Joan Didion lived in in Manhattan.
Without tenants since Didion's death, any wealthy fan of the writer who wants to acquire this spacious 11-bedroom house can now do so through the real estate portal Sotheby's for $ 7,500,000 (about seven million euros at the current exchange rate). Beyond the literary value it represents, what was the home of Didion and Dunne for decades anchored in the architectural beauty of the interwar period, is the dream of any cosmopolitan family. The building has a newly renovated lobby, laundry, storage rooms and gym with state-of-the-art machines and is pet-friendly. The community costs $8,000 per month. With a privileged location a few steps from Central Park and the most famous museums and boutiques of the city.
In one of the columns that journalist Nancy Levinson wrote about this house for the publication ArtsJournal.com, she mentions that her interest was not focused on issues of decoration or design, but on the way in which Didion had chosen to organize the objects around him, in the space where he lived and wrote: "On his desk [were] sheets of stained paper, a fancy lamp, a vase of fresh roses, and, in one frame, his rejection letter from Stanford dated April 25, 1952. (...). Along with the old silver tea service, an FBI pamphlet from the mid-seventies on the kidnapping of Patricia Hearst, several family photos, and a telegram from March 1970. Informing Didion of the weekly casualties in Vietnam. Just like the organized couple in life. Now the walls remain empty waiting for a new owner, and although the representations cool the mystical charge, the essence of Didion's universe is still perceived.