Ponzi scheme operator Bernie Madoff's NYC duplex on market for $17.25 mn

New York, Aug 20 (EFE).- The New York City duplex that Ponzi scheme operator Bernard Madoff called home until his arrest in 2008 has been put on the market for $17.25 million by its current owner, toy and entertainment magnate Alfred Kahn.

"I already have several interested parties and more than two dozen appointments for this week," real estate agent Dolly Lenz, known as the "Queen of Real Estate" in the United States, told Efe.

The two-story property in a 1927 Upper East Side building was purchased by Kahn and his wife, Patsy, for $8 million three years ago but is back on the market because the couple just divorced, Lenz, who is of Spanish descent and has sold more than $7 billion worth of luxury real estate, said.

The money paid by the Kahns for the property in 2010 went to a fund to compensate Madoff's victims.

Kahn, who introduced Japanese anime to U.S. audiences, completely remodeled the apartment.

"He totally changed the apartment's karma, holding more than 100 fundraising events for charities," Lenz said. "It looks like another place, everything has changed. Before it had very heavy curtains, it was very dark, dense and depressing. Now it's all light, it's beautiful."

The Kahns told the press after acquiring the duplex in February 2010 that they were concerned about the "karma" of the property, where Madoff and his wife, Ruth, lived from 1984 to 2008.

Madoff, who is serving a 150-year prison sentence, confessed to swindling investors out of some $65 billion in the biggest Ponzi scheme in U.S. history.

The duplex has three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a library and a huge terrace with spectacular views of Central Park.