Gangster's paradise! Grand Theft Auto creator buys New York mansion where Truman Capote wrote Breakfast at Tiffany's for record $12million


They are famous for two very different masterpieces - Truman Capote is best-known for his novella about an Upper East Side society girl and Dan Houser is credited with producing one of the most controversial and violent video games of all time.

And now the two men have been linked as the GTA mastermind was revealed as the buyer who snapped up the New York house where Truman Capote wrote some of his most famous works.

The multimillionaire brought the historic townhouse earlier this month for $12.5m – making it the most expensive house ever sold in Brooklyn.

And the Rockstar Games co-founder managed to bag the property, where Capote penned Breakfast at Tiffany’s, for $5.5m below the asking price.

Celebrity: Author Truman Capote lived in part of the house for a decade, from 1955 to 1965
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Masterminds: GTA creator Dan Houser, right, is revealed to have brought the $12.5 million Brooklyn townhouse where Truman Capote, left, wrote some of his best works, including Breakfast at Tiffany's

Luxurious: This house in Brooklyn Heights has just been sold to an unidentified buyer for $12million

Celebrity status: This house in Brooklyn Heights has been brought by the Rockstar Games co-founder for $12.5million

Colourful: The golden-yellow house has an extensive back garden, a rarity for New York

Colourful: The golden-yellow house has an extensive back garden, a rarity for New York

Houser’s own masterpiece – the graphic video game Grand Theft Auto - has been repeatedly criticised for glamorizing violence, crime and prostitution.

The British entrepreneur founded Rockstar games with his brother Sam and the video game empire has brought Houser’s estimated net worth to a staggering $80 million.

As well as producing the five series of GTA Dan, who was listed in Time magazine's most influential people in 2009, provided the writing and voices for the hugely successful game.

GTA: The video game, produced by Dan Houser, is notoriously violent - sparking criticism for promoting crime

GTA: The video game, produced by Dan Houser, is notoriously violent - sparking criticism for promoting crime

Doorway at Truman Capote house
Staircase at Truman Capote house

The house is believed to be the most expensive ever sold in Brooklyn - but Houser got it at a bargain price

Although the new owner of the 11-bedroom mansion is suitably well-known the price is disappointing for the realtors, who were hoping it would fetch closer to $18million.

The appeal of the property is strengthened by its status as the place where Capote hammered out his novella Breakfast at Tiffany's in 1958.

That work became world-famous when it was adapted into a film starring Audrey Hepburn as the mysterious Holly Golightly.

However, the house's attractions are not limited to it's celebrity past.

It has been described as the best house in Brooklyn's best neighbourhood, Brooklyn Heights, and the agent handling the sale described it as 'like living in a country estate in the middle of New York City'.

The house - built in 1839 – has 11 fireplaces, parking for four cars and an extensive garden, and is decorated with crystal chandeliers - suitably extravagant for the creator of ‘gangsta’ style games.

Huge: This is just one of the 11 fireplaces installed in the house's 11 bedrooms

Luxurious: This is just one of the 11 fireplaces installed in the house's 11 bedrooms

Kitchen: Another impressive feature of the Brooklyn Heights house, which was built in 1839

Kitchen: Another impressive feature of the Brooklyn Heights house, which was built in 1839

If it were located in a trendy Manhattan neighbourhood, it would be worth tens of millions of dollars.

But after being listed by Sotheby's at $18million in May 2010, the luxurious home took nearly two years to be sold, and lost a third of its estimated value during that time.

Capote rented an apartment in the house from 1955 to 1965, after persuaded its owner, Broadway set designer Oliver Smith, to let him move in.

The author held decadent parties there when Smith was out of town.

'You can imagine Capote running around with his slippers on,' Brooklynite screenwriter Peter Hedges told the Daily News.

Bargain: The house was eventually sold for just two thirds of the $18million asking price

Bargain: The house was eventually sold to Dan Houser for just two thirds of the $18million asking price

Haven: The garden will give its new owner a refuge from the hurly-burly of New York City

Haven: The garden will give Houser a refuge from the hustle and bustle of New York City

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