02/28/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Alvin Rosenthal, Leona Helmsley's Dog-Entrusted Brother, Buys $2 Million Apartment

Leona Helmsley, an icon of '80s-era superciliousness and a glowing tribute to the timeless Manhattan id, died two years ago of heart failure at age 87, but her legacy lived on. Her will excluded two grandchildren ("for reasons which are known to them") but set aside $12 million for Trouble, her 8-year-old white Maltese. The dog was left to her brother, Alvin Rosenthal, who himself got $10 million.

Even though Mr. Rosenthal reportedly turned down those canine responsibilities, when a $1,995,000 deed for his new apartment at 1025 Fifth Avenue was filed last month, one was left to wonder about the place.

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