In July it was claimed Joan Rivers’ Upper East Side apartment in New
York City had sold to ‘Middle Eastern royalty’ for $28 million.
Now DailyMail.com can reveal exclusively the buyer is Muhammad bin Fahd,
the son of the late King Fahd and the former governor of the Eastern
Province of Saudi Arabia.
The 65-year-old prince has been remodeling the property – a
5,100-square-foot, four-bedroom penthouse – since the purchase, and
are ‘shocked,’ according to an insider.
‘Ever since Prince Fahd bought the home nearly two months ago, he has
had designers and contractors in and out of the place,’ a source tells
‘He is ripping it to shreds. Everyone is surprised because the place had
a certain French look, it was very specific, and one would think the
buyer would be into that. And now he doesn’t want that.’
The property, which is only a half block from Central Park and walking
distance to The Plaza, will look completely different from the way
Rivers had it, said the insider.
Joan, who passed away in September 4, 2014 from a surgery gone wrong, decorated her home in an orate fashion.
There were crystal chandeliers, marble fireplaces and gilded walls.
The Louis XIV-inspired rooms – which include both a former ballroom and
music room – have 23-foot ceilings and antique columns. The penthouse
also boasts two large entertainment spaces, which can accommodate 125
Joan once described the condo as ‘where Marie Antoinette would have lived if she had the money.’
‘The whole Palace Of Versailles thing is going,’ said the source. ‘It looks like all traces of Joan’s style will be erased.’
The insider added, ‘It was not the look Prince Fahd wanted. So he is
erasing what Joan did. It’s kind of a shame. First Joan died. Now her
condo is dying. But that is life, it is constantly changing. Still, it
Rivers bought the apartment in 1988, ordering a painstaking renovation,
though holding onto some of the apartment’s original period details.
‘Joan sure did love her condo, it was her palace and she felt like the
queen there. So it’s pretty surreal that a real-life king is moving in
now,’ said the source.
‘The Queen Of Comedy left and the Prince Of The Desert moved in. It’s a
lot for the neighbors to take in because there is usually not a lot of
movement in that building.’
A new look isn’t the only thing Prince Fahd wants.
‘He has asked if a private elevator can be installed,’ said the source.
‘There is already an elevator in the building. But he would like an
elevator added. This is an unusual request. It is not known if it will
be done yet.’
It also appears that Muhammad won’t be living there.
‘He has said that the property is for his sons when they are in town, and for their families,’ said the source.
‘No one will be living in the property full time,’ it was added.
The insider also relayed that Prince Fahd predicted the unit will be
occupied only about ‘three to four’ months out of the year. ‘And it may
even be less than that. It may only be two months,’ the source said
Security is also an issue for the royal. The building has a full-time doorman.
‘Muhammad wants security at the building 24 hours a day, seven days a week,’ said the source.
of very high importance. A must. But that is really not uncommon for
billionaires. Security is always an issue with billionaires. Especially
if a billionaire has a royal link.