updated 5/10/2010 11:54:44 AM ET 2010-05-10T15:54:44

The Brooklyn town house where Truman Capote wrote "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and other notable works is on sale for $18 million.

Sotheby's International Realty agent Karen Heyman said Monday that the building is expected to break sales records as one of the most expensive townhouses in the borough.

She said the Brooklyn Heights house is on the market for the first time in 70 years. Built in 1839, the house has 11 bedrooms, a finished basement with a wine cellar and a 2,500-square-foot garden.

Capote rented a basement apartment from Broadway art director Oliver Smith for 10 years in the 1950s and 1960s. The author wrote an essay, "A House on the Heights," based on his experiences in the neighborhood.

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