For apartments on the Manhattan sales market priced at $5 million or more, 2011 was a mixed bag. Headline stealing deals like the $88 million purchase of Sandy Weil’s 15 Central Park West penthouse obscured larger trends in the market. Overall, the 2011 high-end market was pedestrian: sales rose by less than 1% from 2010. Those gains were unevenly distributed too, as co-ops outperformed all other types of Manhattan luxury apartments. High-end market gains since its 2009 nadir are largely due to the increased presence of eager international buyers - the buyer of Sandy Weil’s apartment was a Russian billionaire - but New Yorkers have been much pickier during that time. And if the high-end sales market in Manhattan is going to fully recover, it needs them to start signing deals.