In a further sign of the globalization feared by many of his listeners, conservative radio personality Rush Limbaugh's New York City apartment was purchased last week by a foreign buyer.
Described only as a "couple from Asia," the buyer reportedly paid $11.75 million for the Fifth Avenue penthouse, including the ornate furnishings. The apartment was originally listed at $13.95 million in February.
The 4,600-square-foot, 10-room apartment includes four terraces, two with Central Park views; direct elevator access; wood-paneled library; and his and her dressing rooms and bathes, according to the Corcoran Group listing.
It also features an oddly over-the-top baroque style, with cherub-centric hand-painted murals, gold leaf moldings, herringbone mahogany floors, an Italian marble entranceway and walls upholstered in silk Damask.
The international purchasers were "especially attracted to the richly designed space and were considering keeping it as it is," the Wall Street Journal reported.
Limbaugh reportedly paid $5 million for the apartment and maid's quarters in 1994. But last year he vowed to leave New York after the city implemented a temporary income tax surcharge. His commentary on the topics was titled, "El Rushbo to New York: Drop Dead."