Almost exactly one year ago, Mariska Hargitay, Jayne Mansfield's daughter and television's most long-faced sex crimes detective, sold her Tribeca penthouse to a Laotian refugee-turned-businesswoman. And then she did what any self-respecting TV star would do: She paid $7 million for a Flatiron duplex penthouse to replace it.
But pity Ms. Hargitay.
It turned out that her 2-year-old son got into a school on the Upper East Side, a long schlep from her new 4,900-square-foot apartment, so she had to put the eight-room duplex--in the 1887 O'Neill Building--on the market.
A day after The Times insisted that celebrities' real estate isn't faring much better than everyone else's (the paper had a similar story in December, too), city records show that Mariska Hargitay just sold her $7 million Flatiron penthouse for $8.15 million, incredibly close to her asking price.
According to the deed, the buyers are Ewa and Maurice Laboz, a huge New York City landlord.