The Upper East Side townhouse with ties to the late fashion designer Oleg Cassini is hitting the market for roughly $50 million.
Called the Elias Asiel Mansion, the 25-foot-wide, 17,000-square-foot building was listed as the designer’s widow, Marianne Nestor Cassini, serves time in jail for failing to comply with a court order related to a dispute with Cassini’s children and grandchildren over his $60 million estate. Another one of the estate’s properties, at East 19th Street in Gramercy, is set to go to auction next week.
The building was also at the center of decades long saga that involved Nestor Cassini and her sister’s attempt to remove a tenant, designer Thomas Britt, who had lived there since the 1970s. Nestor Cassini, who owned the building since 1984, had plans to convert the five-story building into a mansion. Last March, Britt agreed to move out.
French-born Cassini, who died in 2006, was known most famously as the designer of Jacqueline Kennedy when she was first lady. [WSJ] – David Jeans
Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated the property was once home to Oleg Cassini. The article has also been updated to reflect that Marianne Nestor Cassini served time in jail not in prison.