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The landmarked Flatiron Building in Manhattan has sold at auction to a surprise bidder from Virginia after its owners reached an impasse over a dispute

Landmarked Flatiron Building Fetches $190M in Court-Ordered Auction

The historic Flatiron Building has sold for $190 million to a surprise bidder at auction, according to published reports. The winning bid was placed by Jacob Garlick, managing director of Virginia-based Abraham Trust. 

The landmarked office property has been vacant since 2019, when MacMillan Publishers, a full-building tenant, moved out. A State Supreme Court judge ordered the auction earlier this year after its owners failed to resolve a dispute over renovations, reported CNBC. 

Previously, the Flatiron Building was majority owned by GFP Real Estate, Newmark, ABS Real Estate Partners and the Sorgente Group. A fifth partner, Nathan Silverstein, owned the remaining 25%. 

CNBC reported that the majority partners sued Silverstein in 2021 to force a sale of their stakes after alleging that his business decisions were keeping the Flatiron Building empty. Silverstein then countersued. 

GFP chairman Jeffrey Gural was among the bidders at the March 22 auction, NY1 reported. 


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