PHOTO: The Villard building penthouse sold for $15.5 million to retired car dealer Laurie Sutton.

Prominent retired car dealer Laurie Sutton has again put his stamp on Sydney’s trophy home market, buying a $15.5 million penthouse in Potts Point’s landmark Villard building.

The purchase, atop the Ercole Palazetti-designed building, is the second-highest sale in the high-end neighbourhood and tops the $15 million high set when billionaire Bob Ell sold his Pomeroy penthouse six years ago.

Sutton’s purchase also sheds new light on his decision in March to list his architect Michael Dysart-designed residence in Darling Point for $35 million exclusively with Alison Coopes, of her eponymous agency.