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Former Saudi provincial governor buys US comedienne Joan Rivers' penthouse.

Joan Rivers, the US actress and comedienne, died unexpectedly while undergoing a routine endoscopy

in September 2014, subsequently her lavish Manhattan penthouse in New York penthouse was put up for


Finally sold in July 2015, after what was considered a Aaelong slog' by Big Apple realtors

standards, the property was purchased by Muhammad bin Fahd, the son of the late King Fahd of Saudi

Arabia and a former governor of the Gulf state's Eastern Province, for US$ 28 million.

However, the Upper East Side penthouse, which is located only half-a-block from New York's Central

Park and within walking distance to The Plaza, is destined to look significantly different under

new ownership.

In its original state it was said that "the place had a certain French look", however that does not

appear to have been to the bin Fahd taste, as apparently the former Rivers residence has been the

subject of a complete makeover. This has proved to be a fairly brutal exercise according to one

observer in the same building, who observed that, "it is being ripped to shreds".

Curiously enough the original ornate decor installed in the 5,100-square-foot, four-bedroom

penthouse, including: crystal chandeliers, marble fireplaces and gilded walls is not dissimilar to

that found in many of the more palatial villas in Saudi Arabia. Joan Rivers purchased the apartment

in 1988 and then embarked on a meticulously elaborate renovation; although a modicum of the

apartment's original period details were preserved.

Given that it is understood that Prince Fahd bought the penthouse for the use of his sons when they

were in New York, certainly a modernist approach to the interior tinged with a tad more masculinity

would have been the order of the day, as opposed to sheer Marie Antoinette. Rivers once described

her home as "where Marie Antoinette would have lived if she had the money".

Top designers were recruited to effect the transformation, which no doubt has cost a pretty

penny, as well as causing ripples amongst the neighbours and old New York society.

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Date:Aug 5, 2015
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