Annie Leibovitz is Selling Her Central Park Apartment for $8.6M

Renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz is selling her duplex apartment in the Upper West Side of New York City for almost $3 million less than she paid for it.

Arguably the world’s most famous photographer, Leibovitz bought the apartment that boasts stunning views over Central Park nine years ago for $11.3 million.

But in what the listing broker labels as “priced to sell,” Leibovitz has put her home on the market for $8.6 million.

“The apartment is now too big for me,” Leibovitz tells The New York Times. “I live and work downtown, and our house upstate is now our family home.”

Leibovitz is no stranger to buying and selling property in Manhattan. The photographer has owned a co-op in Chelsea, and in the early 2000s, she put together a three-building compound in the West Village.

She purchased the duplex now on the market in 2014 because of its proximity to her children’s school. It’s located at 88 Central Park West, 5N, in a building known as The Brentmore.

“When I first walked into the apartment over 10 years ago, beautiful light was pouring into the living room windows from the park,” she tells The Times.

She adds that her three daughters are now grown up and “building their own lives.”

Leibovitz, who has shot many iconic photographs including of a naked John Lennon wrapped around Yoko Ono for Rolling Stone magazine which was taken hours before he was murdered, has a selection of her own work displayed in the sprawling property.

The Times notes that she has made a number of renovations and updates to the apartment, including a makeover of the kitchen, guest bedroom, and bathroom. She also created an office area while carving out a library in the living room which has enough room for a grand piano.

The Corcoran listing describes it as “spanning two levels, [it] pairs sought-after prewar elegance with a thoughtful floor plan optimized for today’s living. High ceilings, inlaid hardwood floors, and exquisite moldings hallmark this pinnacle of parkside luxury on Manhattan’s storied Upper West Side.”

These days, Leibovitz primarily shoots for Vogue magazine. She recently recreated the famous photo of photojournalist Lee Miller in Adolf Hitler’s bathtub with the actress Kate Winslet. Winslet stars as Lee in an upcoming biopic.

Image credits: Header portrait of Annie Leibovitz by Robert Scoble and licensed under CC BY 2.0 and photo of The Brentmore by Eden, Janine and Jim and licensed under CC BY 2.0. Real estate photos by Evan Joseph for Corcoran.