In July 2019, infamous billionaire Jeffrey Epstein was arrested for the alleged sex trafficking of dozens of minors in New York and Florida. Since his imprisonment and subsequent death, the financier’s New York Mansion – one of the largest private residences in Manhattan – has been sitting empty waiting for a buyer. A brave buyer.
The New York Times reports that Michael D. Daffey, a former Goldman Sachs executive, and his wife, Blake Daffey have purchased 9 East 71st Street. City records reveal the mansion was sold for USD$51 million. It had initially entered the market in July 2020 at USD$88 million.
Not only is Epstein’s former home likely haunted with dark energy, The Cut has listed a number of bizarre features that made up the interior design of the space. The entrance hall is reportedly tiled with individually framed eye balls, a life-sized female doll used to hang from a chandelier, a “human chessboard” sits at the bottom of the staircase while the study used to feature a stuffed black poodle.
It truly is the stuff of nightmares.
As per the report, a spokesman for the Daffeys, Stu Loeser, has enlisted interior designers Timothy Haynes and Kevin Roberts to renovate the place. It is expected to take 18 months. And hopefully that includes cleansing the huge building by burning sage into every corner. Though we fear that may not be enough to expunge the fact that Epstein allegedly housed underage victims in the space.
“The first order of business is a complete makeover — physically and spiritually,” Mr. Loeser told the Times.
The building is 50-feet wide and seven-stories high, boasts 28,000-square feet of interior space and houses a massive 10 bedrooms, 15 bathrooms and a two-story reception area.
Funds from the sale of the house is believed to be distributed to a compensation program for the victims.
Good luck to the couple. You couldn’t pay me to live there for one day.