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Celebrated historic New Jersey Palisades cliffs estate to be sold at auction
The story behind the house is a fascinating one.

NEW YORK, NY.- Guernsey’s, long-known for producing innovative, eye-opening auctions, will be entering the world of prestigious real estate when it sells at auction one of New Jersey’s most prestigious properties on June 8, 2016. LiveAuctioneers has been chosen exclusively to facilitate Internet live bidding for the event.

The story behind the house is a fascinating one. In the late 1940s, mob kingpin Albert Anastasia, Jr. selected a spectacular 1.3-acre site on the Palisades cliffs with sweeping Manhattan views on which to build his Italianate-style mansion. With money being no object, the resulting home, situated at the end of a long, gated drive and amidst a park-like setting, was nothing short of magnificent. Designated 75 Bluff Road, it was no wonder that the estate’s many spacious rooms, complete privacy, and proximity to New York City directly across the Hudson made it the ideal setting for many gangland gatherings.

On October 25, 1957, Mr. Anastasia’s ownership of the property, and indeed his life, came to a sudden end when he was assassinated while in a barber’s chair at the Park Sheraton Hotel in New York City. The ensuing years saw the property change hands twice to owners celebrated for their positive accomplishments that were in stark contrast to the efforts of the now late Mr. Anastasia. First Del Webb, part-owner of the New York Yankees, and then popular comedian Buddy Hackett found themselves the owners of this grand mid-20th-century estate.

Forty years ago, the property was sold to its present owner, Arthur Imperatore. Highly regarded for his efforts to improve the New Jersey shoreline, Mr. Imperatore’s endeavor’s include the creation and current ownership of what has come to be considered a critical link between NYC and points West… the NY Waterway ferry system. Consulted by world leaders and a pioneer in many fund-raising activities including research into cancer cures, Mr. Imperatore is parting with the home following the recent passing of his wife.

Guernsey’s is being assisted in the presentation of this stunning estate by the luxury New Jersey real estate firm, Prominent Properties. Those wishing to inspect this important residence and learn further details prior to the auction can contact Guernsey’s at 212-794-2280, or visit the listing online and sign up to bid absentee or live as the sale is taking place at

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