- Ivana Trump’s Upper East Side townhome has an asking price of $26.5 million.
- She bought the house in 1992, the same year she finalized her divorce from Donald Trump.
- The interior reflects a bygone era of Donald Trump’s celebrity and one of his favorite colors: gold.
It’s 1992. Ivana Trump finalizes her tumultuous and highly public divorce from Donald Trump that followed two years of finger pointing and allegations of “fraudulent” prenuptials and slander.
The newly divorced does a press tour, speaking to Barbara Walters and Oprah Winfrey about her split. She even publishes a novel, “For Love Alone,” which Donald Trump’s lawyers would argue is a thinly veiled account of their relationship and she violates a gag order that prevents her from discussing their marriage.
In the wake of this messy divorce, which came with a hefty settlement worth about $25 million, Ivana Trump also decides to purchase a new home: an 8,725-square-foot townhouse on Manhattan’s Upper East Side for nearly $ 2.5 million.
That home, located in Lenox Hill, just went on the market, just months after Ivana’s death in early July, with an asking price of $26.5 million.
“He was so comfortable there,” his son Eric Trump told the Wall Street Journal. “It was the last possession in the world she was ever going to get rid of.”
Everything about the home, from its French neoclassical facade to its gold-fabric ceiling, harkens back to a bygone era from the couple’s 1980s heyday.
Before becoming president and announcing his third run for the White House on Tuesday, Donald Trump was molding himself into his new shell as a real estate mogul and celebrity businessman. In the 1980s, he began filling the pages of tabloids and gossip columns and graced the cover of TIME magazine in 1989, which gave people their first glimpse of Trump’s bombastic personality that has persisted throughout his life. his presidency.
Trump would also publish his famous memoir, “The Art of the Deal,” in 1987, which peddles the idea of a man of entrepreneurial savvy.
Ivana Trump also reaped the benefits of auxiliary fame when she was married to Donald Trump. In one Vanity Fair account, Ivana has received so much publicity that she has begun handing out press kits with favorable clips about her to interviewers.
Attached to this success – or at least the image of success – was the flaunting of the couple’s material wealth, particularly their fixation with gold.
It’s a recurring motif on all things Trump-stamped, from hotels to the bathroom sinks on Donald Trump’s private jet.
Ivana Trump’s New York City townhouse, which public records indicate she purchased through a corporation the year she finalized her divorce, also bled with gold.
Inside are gilded curtains, moldings, light fixtures, and other fixtures. In one room, gold cloth curtains hung from the ceiling.
“Ivana has always embodied the Trump brand,” wrote the New Yorker’s Jia Tolentino in her review of the Czech-American’s 2017 memoir, “Raising Trump.” “She wants, in the book, to look dominant, invulnerable, new-money deluxe.”
There are other lavish displays of wealth throughout the five-bedroom, five-bathroom home.
The house is decorated in leopard prints, Chinese murals and, in one room, pink marble, and comes with what Ivana Trump described as a seemingly endless closet.
“I call it Indochina because by the time you get to the end, you might as well be on another continent,” she wrote in “Raising Trump,” for the WSJ.
Her ex-husband also shared Ivana’s taste for gold within the house.
Similarly, Donald Trump’s New York apartment features gold furnishings and embellishments, according to House & Garden magazine.
Years after their split, the former couple’s penchant for gold has endured.
During the Republican Party nominating convention in 2016, Trump was flanked by gold pillars, along with gold stairways leading up to a gold-bordered lectern. His Mar-a-Lago resort, where Trump announced his 2024 campaign, is also decked out in gold.
Ivana Trump died in her townhouse on July 14. Her funeral was held about a week later at St. Vincent Ferrer Church on the Upper East Side, where pallbearers carried her casket, a gold-colored casket.
In his memorial speech, Eric Trump spoke of Ivana’s fierce nature as a woman and as a mother.
“He ruled the three of us with an iron fist but also a heart of gold,” she said.