The Coconut Grove townhouse of the late celeb dermatologist Fredric Brandt just sold for $2.9 million. Brandt committed suicide last April at age 65. Friends said that in addition to suffering from depression, he was supposedly devastated by a satire of him in an episode of the Netflix comedy The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. His clients included Madonna, Kelly Ripa, and Stephanie Seymour, and other famous and well-off devotees.
Brandt paid $712,800 for the home in 1990, in part, to showcase his prized art collection, which was auctioned off last month at Philip’s auction house in London. Among his works were pieces by Damien Hirst, Rudolf Stingel, Andy Warhol, Yoshitomo Nara, Richard Phillips, Christopher Wool, and Cy Twombly bringing in nearly $50 million.
Allan Kleer, a realtor at Fortune International Realty who handled the sale of the house says;
“The spiral staircase was custom-designed to show off the art as you walk up.
In these cases, if somebody asks why the seller is selling, we usually say they are deceased. But if people ask for details, I’m always honest. For some buyers it would be a deal-breaker. For others it doesn’t matter.”
Florida law doesn’t require sellers to disclose homicides, suicides or deaths that occur on the property. (Brandt hanged himself in the home’s garage.) Around 300 people attended a memorial service held in his honor at Temple Israel in Miami last spring. His was an interesting and ultimately sad story. If you are interested, Lili Anolik‘s Vanity Fair story on Brandt sheds a lot of light.
(via Miami Herald)