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Inside the penthouse sold by Sting for an eye-watering price

Nadja Beschetnikova
March 30, 2018

In 2017, Sting and his wife, producer Trudie Styler, have sold their duplex apartment at the landmark 15 Central Park West for a jaw-dropping $50 million. Though it was initially listed for $56 million, Sting hardly felt like a failure.

Given that they purchased the property for just $27 million in 2008, this deal looks really impressive. The music icon made a name for himself in the real estate world. Sotheby's described the home as an "architectural tour de force».

The new owner of the property in the Robert A. M. Stern-designed building didn't wish to be named, but fortunately, we can cast a nostalgic glance at it and recall how the impressive penthouse interiors looked like when it was owned by Sting and his wife.

The two-story sophisticated penthouse was decorated by Shelton Mindel, who was featured on the 2014 AD100 list of the world's best interior designers and architects and includes 44 feet of frontage on Central Park and a 396-square-foot terrace.

The apartment spans 5,500 square feet and boasts 3 bedrooms (while a home office can be converted into a fourth bedroom), 5.5 bathrooms with magnificent dual spa baths and sauna, and a sleek designer chef's kitchen with two fridges, four ovens and three dishwashers. The kitchen features as well slab marble countertops and a double wide center island with snack bar.

The huge apartment in the limestone-clad tower was originally two separate units which were expertly transformed into one amazing penthouse. The duplex takes up the 16th and 17th floors of the iconic building often described as one of the world’s powerful addresses. But the luxury couple, who have been married for 25 years, apparently disappointed in the residence and reportedly found 15 CPW a bit “too stuffy.”

The former lead singer of The Police and a 16-time Grammy winner poured more than a bit of his own character into the design, and create a reflection of his own tastes.

The east-facing living room with several seating areas has an amazing grand piano and an open freestanding gas fireplace inspired by the Fibonacci Spiral, which visually divides the loft-like space. The four sets of floor-to-ceiling French doors lead to the enormous terrace overlooking the entirety Central Park, the Midtown and Fifth Avenue skylines.

Singer and songwriter Sting and movie producer Trudie opted for mostly white decor with splashes of iridescent color.  

The couple, who has spoken openly about tantric sex, must have adored the spacious master suite, which takes up the bulk of the second level.
Back in 2014, Sting revealed juicy details about their eight-hour lovemaking marathons in the property.

"If we had seven hours, I would demonstrate," he said during an appearance on Inside the Actors Studio. "Maybe not. But there is some truth to it. The idea of tantric sex is a spiritual act. I don't know any purer and better way of expressing a love for another individual than sharing that wonderful, I call it, ‘sacrament.'"

A semi-private elevator landing opens to a double-height dramatic foyer gallery with buttery, smooth-paneled walls and a sculptural crimson-carpeted floating staircase that makes a sensuous curve up to the bedrooms.

Residents accustomed to the high living standards can benefit from round-the-clock lobby attendants and doormen, a landscaped motor court, an on-site garage, a 14,000-square-foot fitness center with 75-foot-long indoor swimming pool, a screening room, a library, a wine cellar, and private-club style restaurant dining rooms.

The NY Post estimates maintenance on the duplex cost more than $10,000 a month.

Sting and Trudie Styler have sold their stunning penthouse to move down the road into the 66-story Robert A.M. Stern’s new building at 220 Central Park South, that has been dubbed the 'billionaire's bunker’. A residential skyscraper is currently under construction and is said to be opened later this year. When completed, the tower will be the tenth-tallest building in New York City, slightly shorter than Four World Trade Center.

Meanwhile, Sting and Trudie are unlikely to complain about homelessness. The striking couple maintains a healthy and costly handful of multimillion-dollar properties around the world.