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As noted here last week, a publicist for the musician known as Sting (or Der Stingle, as I like to think of him, in tribute to an earlier crooner, the late Bing “Der Bingle” Crosby), took exception to the claim of a building employee, recounted in the first printing of House of Outrageous Fortune and since corrected, that the former Police man installed a private elevator in his Fifteen Central Park West duplex. Further research reveals more about that mythical yet apparently significant elevator. In fact, Sting removed an elevator that originally came with his apartment. Amazon’s Look Inside preview of the year-old book Shelton, Mindel & Associates: Architecture and Design reveals that and lots more about Sting and wife Trudie Styler‘s elaborate terraced duplex, which is extensively pictured within. Seeking to maximize the apartment’s already awesome views of Central Park, designer Lee Mindel installed between the floors a tree-like column, curving grand red-carpeted staircase, and a spiral staircase in the kitchen, as well as a freestanding black-and-white spiral fireplace dividing their living room from their library, and garnished that with art that includes The Metaphysical Room, a 55-panel surrealist artwork by Piero Fornasetti, an Andy Warhol portrait of Queen Elizabeth and a painting by Basquiat, as well as a large, original print of the photograph on the cover of photographer Helmut Newton’s book White Women (pictured). Rather grand, even without an elevator.