“He had already passed the board,” the Italian-born ex-wife of the late Saul Steinberg told me. “I had already bought a house in Millbrook, NY.” When Spade backed out, she says, “he really screwed me.”
Months earlier, Spade had moved out of the couple’s art-filled Park Avenue apartment to a place 14 blocks north, but with her passing he could move back in.
“Obviously in the wake of this tragedy, and during this time of grieving, Andy’s plans have changed,” a spokeswoman for Spade told me. “Andy was not in a position to be purchasing another home.” Spade’s rep says he complied with all of his obligations on the deal.
Steinberg’s apartment is back on the market asking $3.4 million.