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China Machado Chops Price on Sag Harbor Home

By Barbara Baker - February 7, 2019

Trailblazing fashion icon China Machado’s now $7.85 million (was $9.85 million) Sag Harbor home is for sale. The first non-white person to appear on the cover of a major American magazine, the Chinese-born Portuguese-American fashion model (and later fashion editor, television producer, painter and hostess) was the muse of Richard Avedon. The legendary photographer called her “probably the most beautiful woman in the world.”

In high demand until her death in December 2016, the iconic model—who worked with Avedon, Givenchy, Dior, Balenciaga and Oleg Cassini and socialized with Warhol, Picasso, William Holden, Diana Vreeland, and bullfighter Luis Miguel Dominguin, to name a few—shared the home with her second husband, Riccardo Rosa. The 3,300-square-foot four-bedroom, four-bath two-story contemporary features Machado’s paintings and murals, which grace the walls in many of the rooms, most notably the water-fronting living room– painted as a pictorial narrative of her native land in Shanghai. Built in the 1960s, and owned by Ms. Machado since 1994, the .94-acre North Haven property is sited on what daughter Emmanuelle LaSalle, a handbag designer, says “feels like its own private peninsula.” Additionally, the home boasts floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the water; a series of enclosed, connected decks; a state-of-the-art kitchen, and upstairs master suite with its own balcony and a private living room.

Often the site of fashionable soirees and gatherings by the legendary hostess, the modern-day Renaissance woman hosted her annual “Party for the Roses” here, inviting approximately 100 of her closest friends each June to view the gardens full of lush pink roses in full bloom.

Represented by Rima Mardoyan Smyth and Ryan Struble of Douglas Elliman, Mala Sander of Corcoran and Beate Moore of Sotheby’s International Realty.

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