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Kipton Cronkite launches new apartment-staging company

Cronkite poses with Sonja MorganKipton Cronkite/Instagram

Cronkite poses with Sonja Morgan

Real estate agent turned art dealer Kipton Cronkite, the fresh-faced man about town once falsely rumored to be related to newsman Walter Cronkite, is making fresh waves in New York’s most well-heeled social circles.

This time, he’s matchmaking some of the city’s top brokers and developers with emerging artists, who lease their work to spruce up multi-million dollar apartment listings or new developments for sale.

Cronkite was in his element Tuesday night at the Rainbow Room, where New York’s largest real estate brokerage Douglas Elliman was hosting a bash to celebrate the finale of the latest season of “Million Dollar Listing New York,” which features two of its brokers, Fredrik Eklund and Luis D. Ortiz.

“Real Housewives” stars Sonja Morgan and Ramona Singer were also in attendance.

The art guru had organized so-called “live art” as entertainment for the event. James Goldcrown, the Brit artist responsible for #Lovewall, a SoHo street mural that’s become an instagram sensation among fashion types, was recreating the mural on canvas during the party to great interest.

The event was just the latest in a blossoming relationship between Cronkite and Elliman.

Cronkite poses with artist James GoldcrownKipton Cronkite/Instagram

Cronkite poses with artist James Goldcrown

“Developers and agents are becoming more interested in art because the clients that are buying these properties are collectors of art, as well,” he told the Daily News.

Cronkite said his new company ArtStager has already partnered with Elliman power brokers Michael Graves and Jared Seligman to stage several of their listings, including a $ 7 million penthouse at 236 W. 24th St. and a $ 6 million penthouse at 7 Wooster St. in SoHo.

Cronkite works with Zac Posen’s artist sister Alexandra Posen as well as up-and-coming names such as Shay Kun, Jay Doskow and Vincent Edmond Lewis to have their work put on display.

“If it’s a $ 5 million or $ 10 million apartment, the level of the art would be different from a $ 1 million apartment,” he said.

“The art has to tell a story that appeals to the type of people coming through to look at the property. It has to speak to the personality of the future owner.”

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