U.S. News & World Report owner Mortimer B. Zuckerman has bought himself a modest little Fifth Avenue penthouse overlooking Central Park for between $8.5 million and $8.8 million, making it the largest such sale in history, according to one real estate expert. David Bates, senior vice president of Sotheby's International Realty, describes it as "the world's most expensive cooperative apartment sale."
The four-bedroom, three-level apartment (with maids' quarters), just south of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, has a spectacular view of Central Park and of the city, Bates says. It has, he says, gracious entertaining rooms -- an immense living room, library, dining room and gallery. Bates said yesterday that until the sale to Zuckerman, the highest price paid for an apartment was about $6.5 million, also for one on Fifth Avenue. Zuckerman, who currently lives on the upper East Side in a million dollar-plus apartment, said through a spokesperson that he would not comment on matters pertaining to his personal life. Let's Make a Deal
Public relations executive Frank Mankiewicz decided it would be a good fund-raising idea for the Georgetown Day School, where he has a child, to auction off lunch with Mankiewicz and Sen. Gary Hart. Yesterday, Mankiewicz and Hart met with Hal and Marilyn Weiner, the couple who bought the lunch with them, in the Senate Dining Room. The Weiners are local film producers whose first feature film, "The Image Maker," premieres in January.
When Hart heard about the film, he quickly pointed out that he just happens to have a recently published novel that undoubtedly would make a great movie. "The Double Man," a spy thriller written by Hart and Sen. William Cohen, has not been optioned to the movies. Mankiewicz, who knows all the good Beverly Hill Polo Lounge-speak, said, "Who knows? We might take a meeting and turn it into a full-scale development deal." Line Added to Dan White Play
Emily Mann, who wrote the documentary play "Execution of Justice," dealing with Dan White's trial for the 1978 shooting deaths of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, has added a line that White has committed suicide. Mann, whose play is being produced at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, wrote in a line delivered by a television reporter in the play: "Dan White was found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning on Oct. 21, 1985, at his wife's home in San Francisco, Calif."
"Execution of Justice," which was produced at Arena Stage last spring, is scheduled to open in New York in February. Mann's statement on White's death, issued by the Guthrie, said: "I spent years studying and writing about the case of The People vs. Daniel James White. This is not the time for me to have a gut reaction to this report. I shall therefore limit myself to a theme that runs throughout the play 'Execution of Justice': No one benefits from injustice -- not the victims, not the victimizers, not society." End Notes
Concerned that South African Bishop Desmond Tutu received little attention in his country when he won the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize, a group of South African artists has produced an album of traditional chants, spirituals, prayers and African pop and jazz entitled "Give Praise Where Praise Is Deserved." It will be released in the United States next year. The proceeds will go to the African Bursary Fund, which provides scholarships for blacks . . .
Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger was never exactly happy with his comfortable house on exclusive California Street because it was too near the sidewalk and didn't offer sufficient privacy. He recently sold it for $760,000 and has moved to a home of comparable but undisclosed value in suburban McLean . . .
One other fact about the upcoming visit of the Samsonite couple's visit to Washington: Prince Charles and Princess Diana are staying at the British Embassy, but Lady Marjory Wright isn't putting Godiva chocolates on their bedroom pillows. It will undoubtedly please President Reagan that she has decided to have jars of jelly beans in the rooms. The reading material she's providing for Diana includes The Washington Post, The Washingtonian, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Newsweek and Andy Warhol's Interview magazine . . .