A real estate developer installed photos of himself and his new wife along the side of one of the tallest buildings in New York City after a contentious divorce from his ex-wife, who had previously planned to purchase an apartment in the building.
The photos, which each measure 42 feet by 24 feet, cover two sides of 432 Park Avenue, the tallest residential tower in the Western hemisphere.
Harry Macklowe, 81, said the photos are “a proclamation of love” to his new wife Patricia Landeau, a Frenchwoman who is the president of the French Friends of the Israel Museum and is said to be in her early 60s.
“My wife looks gorgeous, and I love the picture of me,” he said of the photos he bought for $2,000 at a charity auction in Paris.
“Since I wasn’t getting married during the summer in the Hamptons,” he said, “I wasn’t able to hire an airplane with a banner to go up and down the shoreline. I thought: ‘I own a building. Why don’t I just hang a banner from my own building?’”
Macklowe’s ex-wife, Linda, 80, a vice president and trustee of the Guggenheim Museum, had a contract to buy an apartment in the building, but a court permitted her to nix the deal.
Harry and Linda Macklowe were married for more than 50 years and separated in 2016. In December, a judge split their $2 billion fortune, including a collection of art that included works by Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol.
Linda Macklowe was awarded their condominium in the Plaza Hotel, valued at $72 million. In the settlement, Harry Macklowe was given a $32 million credit on the home.
Harry Macklowe and Patricia Landeau were married March 7. The bride has a better relationship with her exes: Two of her ex-husbands attended the New York nuptials.