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Madonna Sells New York City Apartment She Owned With Sean Penn for Nearly $20 Million

USMagazine, Thursday, May 30, 2013, 1:50pm (PDT)

This used to be her playground -- but no longer. Six months after Madonna first listed her lavish Central Park West apartment in New York City for $23.5 million, the Material Girl has finally found a buyer. According to the Wall Street Journal, the 54-year-old pop icon sold her 14-room duplex to hedge fund manager Deepak Narula last week for millions less than the original asking price.

The 6,000-square-foot co-op, housed in the 1911-built Harperley Hall, had been lingering on the market since November. In February, the "Give Me All Your Luvin'" singer cut the price by 15 percent, to $19.995 million. And brokers tell the Journal that Narula paid even less than that.

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Madonna purchased the apartment nearly three decades ago with then-husband Sean Penn, whom she married in 1985 and then divorced in 1989. At the time, it was a single unit; she later combined it with two other units on the fifth and sixth floors to make a duplex.

All told, the apartment has 14 rooms, including six bedrooms, a windowed dining room, an eat-in kitchen, and two living rooms with French doors that open up onto Juliet balconies overlooking Central Park. There are also eight bathrooms.

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Her brother, Christopher Ciccone, did all the decorating, according to a feature in Architectural Digest in 2007. "I wanted to create a New York apartment," he told the mag of his design inspiration. "I wanted to make a space for her that was elegant without being weak, peaceful without being boring."

"She prefers New York to Los Angeles because when she's here she can relax," he added. "There's a city here -- you feel you are with people, living with the rest of the world, not confined to an automobile. But it still had to be a place she would feel safe in."

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These days, the superstar is safe and sound in another New York City sanctuary -- a huge space on the Upper East Side that she purchased for $32.5 million in 2009, shortly after her divorce from second husband Guy Ritchie. The couple had a son, Rocco, 12; Madonna is also mom to Lourdes, 16, David Banda, 8, and Mercy James, 8.

This article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Madonna Sells New York City Apartment She Owned With Sean Penn for Nearly $20 Million

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