He may still be a supporter of Donald Trump, but eccentric filmmaker, musician, artist, and consummate provocateur Vincent Gallo no longer owns a condo in the still polarizing ex-president’s glitzy black glass and gleaming brass Trump Tower along New York’s Fifth Avenue.
The “Buffalo 66” and “The Bad Bunny” filmmaker, who has said in recent years that he wishes he was “more of a Republican stereotype,” certainly isn’t going to win a capitalism award from the GoP on this deal; he turned but a paltry profit on the $1.59 million sale of the high-floor unit that he bought about 2.5 years ago, amid an avalanche of publicity, in an all-cash deal valued at $1.475 million. Indeed, the small profit was surely more than eaten up by the unit’s carrying costs — it transferred with $4,664 a month in property taxes and common charges — and the real estate fees.
Besides some painting, it appears Gallo made few if any improvements to the 1,064-square-foot condo. Described in promo materials as “in original, good condition,” the one-bedroom and one-and-a-half-bath apartment has pedestrian parquet flooring and lots of clumsy track lighting, a small windowless kitchen fitted with basic rental-grade appliances, and a glitzy master bath where the toilet and bidet are reflected ad infinitum in the mirror-sheathed walls.
The 54th-floor corner unit’s saving graces are, however, the 30-foot-long living/dining room, powder room, generous closet space (there are four, including a walk-in almost as big as the kitchen), and the huge windows that provide long views of Fifth Avenue to the south and bird’s eye views of the tippy-tops of the pencil-slim supertall towers that shoot up into the sky at the south end of Central Park.
Trump Tower residents, who include Donald and Melania Trump, though they now live primarily in Florida and rarely set foot in Manhattan anymore, use a discreet lobby separate from the building’s main entrance. Promo materials show there are full-time doorman, valet and concierge services, and elevator operators, along with the newly refurbished Club 721, which offers more than 14,000 square feet with an event lounge, library, fitness and yoga center, screening room, billiards room, business center, and children’s playroom. The listing was handled by Trump International Realty’s Nitza Shafrir Zinbarg; the sale was first reported in the New York Post.
In addition to all his bizarre shenanigans and purposefully outrageous statements, Gallo, who returned to the silver screen after almost a decade with the just-released horror film “Shut In,” is also well known for his abiding interest in architecturally significant homes. He once owned John Lautner’s iconic Wolff Residence, just above L.A’s the Sunset Strip, as well as a duplex condo at the celebrated Sierra Towers complex in West Hollywood, which he bought from David Geffen and sold to Cher. (It’s now owned by Hong Kong’s Vitasoy heiress Karen Lo, who has had it on and off the market for ages.) A few years ago, Gallo, now 60, somewhat surprisingly turned his real estate attentions to Tucson, Ariz., where he now bunks in über-contemporary high-style in a $3.25-million-dollar Rick Joy-designed home with spectacular views over the city and desert.