'With its glorious Manhattan views and a £12million price tag, you might expect this lavish apartment to belong to a Hollywood A-lister.
In fact, the seven-bedroom penthouse will be home to the civil servant set to negotiate our trade deal with the US after Brexit.
The Government has bought the apartment for Antony Phillipson, the trade commissioner for North America and consul general, to be used when Britain leaves the EU.
Foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt arranged the purchase of the 5,893 sq ft flat which occupies the whole of the 38th floor of 50 United Nations Plaza, a 42-storey block near the UN headquarters in Manhattan.
According to New York City records, 'Her Britannic Majesty’s Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs’ bought Penthouse 38 for £12.03m ($15.9m) on March 15.
A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: ‘We have secured the best possible deal and value for money on a property that will help promote the UK in the commercial capital of our largest export market and trading partner.
As well as being the consul general’s residence, it will also be used to support his work to help British businesses as Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for North America. We are in the process of selling the consul general’s current residence.’
The apartment boasts five ensuite bedrooms, with the master bedrooms featuring a marble bath, a shower and a steam room.
The floorplan also shows two ‘staff bedrooms’ but it is not known whether Mr Phillipson will be hiring staff.'
Read more: The £12 million Manhattan penthouse funded by the British taxpayer: UK government buys luxury seven-bed apartment in New York to house civil servant tasked with seeking post-Brexit trade deals
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