Inside Bernie's Penthouse

If you've always wanted to see inside Bernard Madoff's luxury penthouse, now's your chance.

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If you've always wanted to see inside Bernard Madoff's luxury penthouse, now's your chance. And you even have an opportunity to buy it -- for a cool $7 million. Here's the master bedroom of the Upper East Side digs.
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The penthouse is where Madoff broke down and confessed to his massive fraud, frantically wrote checks for millions of dollars as the scheme unraveled and appeared in a bathrobe to greet the FBI agents who arrested him.
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Federal marshals evicted Ruth Madoff from the penthouse a few months ago. Here's her office.
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Soon the world will see whether Madoff's luxury penthouse apartment -- perhaps the only former crime scene featuring four fireplaces, a wraparound terrace and closet space galore -- also will hit the jackpot on the Manhattan real estate market.
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Here's Bernie's office. No doubt many underhanded acts took place within its confines.
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Another review of Ruth's office.
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The kitchen has marble and stainless steel countertops, Baccarat crystal glasses in the cabinets and an atrium breakfast nook. A winding staircase descends to the 11th floor and the master bedroom, furnished with a four-poster bed.
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Like all visitors, the agents came to the apartment in an elevator that opens directly through a door with a mezuzah, a tiny Torah scroll that is commonly affixed to entrances of Jewish homes. Chinese sculptures of howling dogs sit on shelves flanking the doorway.
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The home office has a leather couch, paintings of sailboats and a sculpture of a bull, a favorite Madoff motif, on a coffee table. There's also the desk where authorities said they found 100 checks worth $173 million that Madoff was ready to send out to close relatives and friends after he realized he would be caught.
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Madoff estimated his Manhattan apartment was worth $7 million, the Florida home $11 million and the boat $2.2 million in a federal declaration late last year.
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Narrow hallways lead to two bathrooms: one with white marble floors, a bidet and a flat-screen television, the other decorated in minimalist black.
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Madoff, 71, was sentenced in June to 150 years in prison for masterminding a multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme that spanned decades and burned thousands of investors.
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More Chinese antiques, including ornate cabinets, porcelain vases and towering wooden screens adorn living and dining rooms as big as some one-bedroom apartments in New York City.
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Monthly statements told clients their securities accounts were worth tens of billions of dollars. But authorities say late last year in a meeting at the apartment, Madoff told his sons Mark and Andrew that the double-digit returns were "all just one big lie,'' a confession repeated to FBI agents who showed up the next day.
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Here's Ruth's bathroom.
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Madoff spared no expense on his dining room.
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The apartment has three walk-in closets, including one where agents found more than 50 business suits and countless pairs of men's shoes.
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Madoff's Montauk beach house is also on the market. Nice porch.
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You can even see the ocean from it.
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A view of the porch of the house of Bernard Madoff in Montauk.
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Store your belongings in the not-so-fancy nighttable.
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The seaside beach house on southeastern Long Island was listed last week for $8.75 million.
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Initial reports indicated the beach digs were kind of drab, you know, considering ... here's the kitchen.
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The black bathroom behind the master bedroom is kinda nice though, right?
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You can even see the ocean from the dining room table.
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The living room is contemporary and chic.
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We don't understand what's up with the duck decoys, though.
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Even if the inside isn't as well furnished as the penthouse, the beach house is in a nice secluded spot on the shore.
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Walk along the stepping stones to the front porch.
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You could have eight friends over for dinner.
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The master bedroom is empty, but there's a lot you could do with it.
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And in case the ocean wasn't enough, there's a pool.
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You can see outside while lying in bed.
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Madoff's boat, named "Bull," lacks many of the ostentatious touches found on more modern ships, said Bill O'Dell, operations manager for National Maritime Services Inc., which is handling the auction for National Liquidators. For example, there's only one TV -- not a flat screen -- and all the beds are bunk-style.
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Bull, impounded at a dock in this photo, sleeps six and is primarily used for fishing.
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The marshals also gave the AP a look inside the disgraced financier's 8,700-square-foot, Mexican-tiled estate in Palm Beach, Fla.
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Madoff's apparently got a bull fetish.
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A large banyon tree sits in the front yard, in case you're a fan of banyon trees.
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Here's the guest home. The feds hope to sell off the property to raise tens of millions of dollars to help reimburse victims.
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Madoff's yacht is a 55-foot 1969 Rybovich that has been completely refitted, from brand-new twin Man Diesel engines to all-new electronics.
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The house in Palm Beach is tucked into a secluded, palm-lined lot with a stunning view to the west across the Intracoastal Waterway. From his living room, he would have been able to see his boats at a 100-foot private dock, looking over a chevron-shaped pool with a Jacuzzi at one end.
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The 8,700-square-foot house, built in 1973, has Mexican tile throughout, five bedrooms and seven bathrooms.
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Most of the clothing and personal effects from both homes and ships have been inventoried and stored in boxes. But a few stray items remain, including a case of 1990 Chauteau Beychevelle Saint Julien wine and a biography of one-time client Sandy Koufax.
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The home has a huge all-white kitchen filled with antiques, including century-old golf clubs, an 1895 set of Shakespeare's complete works, antique fly rods and 10 paintings or sculptures of bulls.
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Here's one of two bathrooms off the master bedroom in the Palm Beach home. Bernie and Ruth each had their own.
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The master bedroom featured a large dressing area for him and then one for his wife.
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Prices for the New York and Florida home won't be set until brokers are selected later this week.
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Madoff even had glassware and napkins named after his boat.
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Under a court order stripping the Madoffs of most of their wealth, the marshals also want to bring in more money by auctioning off the boats and furnishings still in the homes, including a baby grand piano and several works of art.
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Everything in Bernard Madoff's study in his Palm Beach, Fla. home is tagged for auction.
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