Yesterday, the New York Times set up a nice little mystery. Who could possibly own the freakin’ awesome Chelsea penthouse that functions as the cinematic landing pad of Shia LaBeouf (who plays Gordon Gekko’s new protege/victim) in the sequel to Wall Street? It’s really, really nice by the way. And for sale. Real estate porn here.
Vanity Fair‘s detective reporters sprang to the case, and we have to give them props for their speedy work. The clues were as follows:
The owner, not surprisingly, works in finance.
He does not have his name on his buzzer and his brokers did not allow access to his home office. There were no outward signs of his name in his apartment except for a black “RMW” monogram on his bathroom towels.
The space is filled with a mix of passed-down family heirlooms and signs that a sportsman lives there. Behind the apartment’s tall mahogany doors, the owner has filled his custom closets with painstakingly organized baseball gloves, skis and Dartmouth caps and sweatshirts.
Plus, he has a whole hell of a lot of khaki pants in the (walk-in) closet.
Bang, there you go!
Richard M. Weissman, Dartmouth ’85, bought the 6,250-square-foot duplex at 31 W. 21st Street, in Manhattan’s Flatiron District, for a mere $1.4 million in 2003. Weissman, who also lords over 3,500 square feet of outdoor space at the same location, was quite the athlete at Dartmouth. He led the varsity football team in rushing yards in 1982 and 1983, making him the school’s 16th leading rusher of all time. Weissman, who according to the Times works in finance and spends a lot of time in Florida these days, was a member of Theta Delta Chi, a perennial athlete favorite, during his Dartmouth days.
As the New York Times reported, Weissman did not want to be named, “saying the bank he works for would not allow it; because of populist anger over Wall Street bailouts, financial institutions have been asking their high earners to keep as low a profile as possible.”
Weissman is currently trying to sell the place for $12 to $14 million.
FYI: It’s not Goldman.