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My post yesterday on Metropolitan Museum of Art director Thomas Campbell‘s $10.00 (yes, ten dollars, it’s no typo) Fifth Avenue apartment didn’t include a description or floor plan because I didn’t have one. The apartment floorplan above found by a Gripebox reader is not Campbell’s, but it’s the same line — one floor up. It shows a 20 X 30 ft. living room next to a library and master bedroom, all with windows on Fifth, a second bedroom, a maid’s room, and a kitchen with pantry, as well as a foyer the size of some studio apartments. The reader asks, “Can Campbell ever sell it for profit? Why does the museum have to sell it to him rather than allowing him to reside there?” Granted that Campbell bought it — officially at least — from Met president Emily Rafferty, who bought it for the same hefty $10.00 from her prececessor in 2005, Gripebox guesses Campbell can’t sell it for a profit and that 993 Fifth has a co-op rule against corporate ownership and may be turning a blind eye to the reality of Campbell’s residency. But maybe, if like many past Met directors, he leaves the museum on less than friendly terms, a lawsuit will result and shed some light on those guesses on what seems to be the best, if not quite real, real estate deal of the decade.