Greta Garbo’s heirs have found an all-cash buyer for her long-time Manhattan condo just a month since the actress’s longtime home hit the market.
Garbo’s former apartment, a pink-filled sanctuary for the fastidiously private early Hollywood actress, went into contract on Wednesday, according to listing records. The three-bedroom unit was selling for $5.95 million in the exclusive Campanile building along the East River—where buyers are required to pay for their pricey homes in cash only, according to the listing with William A. Kerr II of Halstead Property, his son, William A. Kerr III, and Brian Lewis.
The brokerage confirmed the sale has a pending offer, but could not provide further details about the home.
This will be the first time the co-op unit has sold since Garbo bought it in 1953. She lived there for nearly 40 years until her death in 1990, at the age of 84.
“It was her sanctuary,” Garbo’s great-nephew Derek Reisfield previously told Mansion Global of the apartment. “She loved the space, and it is all her.”
To make it so, Garbo customized much of the home, from the pine wall paneling to decorating the home with furniture and baubles in many shades of rose. The buyer will inherit her carefully chosen silk wallcover and glass-mirrored closet doors in her bedroom. The Swedish-born film star also left behind bits of her heritage. For example, among the wood paneling are hand-carved pieces that were once part of a Swedish chest she had dismantled and inserted in the walls, Mr. Reisfield said.
The film star, born in 1905, lived in the apartment alone. She was financially independent, never married and had no children, leaving her apartment, instead, to her niece, Gray Reisfield, according to property records.
“She was the first woman who was depicted as confidant and feminine at the same time,” Mr. Reisfield said. “She’s the first modern woman in many, many ways—very independent.”
Wednesday, April 26, 2017