She stared him down, saw the fear in his eyes and called his bluff.
The daring wife of a world-renowned sculptor brazenly told an armed bandit he didn’t have the b---s to shoot her as the mugger pointed a gun at her chest, she told the Daily News Wednesday.
Anna Graham said she was standing in her pajamas in front of her home on Grand St. in SoHo, smoking a cigarette and watching a car for two friends who were about to leave for the Hamptons, when a pair of thugs confronted her around 1 a.m. on July 3.
One whipped out a black handgun and pointed it at Graham as his cohort began rummaging through the unlocked car, cops said. “He asked me for my wallet and I said, ‘Are you kidding me?’ ” the feisty 54-year-old recounted. “I was in my pajamas, for Christ’s sake!
“That’s when the gun went against my forehead,” Graham, the wife of Russian-born artist Ernst Neizvestny, told The News. “He said, ‘I’ll shoot you, b---h!’ I said, ‘No, you won’t.’ ”
The gunman’s cold-hearted accomplice apparently didn’t like her lip and ordered him to fire.
But Graham, who was literally staring down the barrel of the gun, proved tougher than the toughs.
“He lowered it to my chest. The other one was right next to him saying, ‘Shoot! Shoot! Shoot!’ ”
It was then that she hit the perps with a verbal uppercut.
“I said, ‘It’s not easy to shoot someone. You have to have b---s to do that. And you have none.’ ”
Her words hit the gunman like a kick to the groin. “I was looking into his eyes all along,” Graham said.
“For a second there, I saw fear — for just a split second. I went against all the rules, everything he knew about life.”
Graham’s life was hanging in the balance until one of her friends, who had been using the bathroom in Graham’s pad, suddenly charged out of the four-story building and pounced on the unarmed crook, Graham said.
The unarmed suspect kicked Graham’s pal, sending her flying.
Moments later, Graham said, her other friend came out and was already calling 911.
The dastardly duo stepped up to the woman on the phone and tried to rob her.
But when she didn’t have anything to hand over, the suspects fled, cops said. They managed to grab an iPad mini, a Samsung Galaxy cell phone and about $600 in cash from the car, police sources said. They remain at large.
None of the women were hurt.
Minutes after the robbers fled, Graham’s hands were still shaking, and days removed from the frightening encounter, she remains stunned by her own bold stand, she said.