“Andy Warhol’s Hamptons Home”

Andy Warhol was a strange, shy fellow of few words who invented an image for himself so whacky that he couldn’t be ignored. His timing for his white fright wig and pop art paintings of soup cans was well timed as post Eisenhower era society was looking for something fresh with a little more wild and kinky edge to stay entertained. His 1963 “Triple Elvis” painting of three Elvis Presley gunslingers sold in 2014 for $81.9 million.



Born in 1928 in Pittsburgh, Warhol evolved from a sickly childhood into a highly regarded fashion illustrator in the 1960s for several of the top women’s magazines. With the money acquired from his illustrations, he purchased a large loft on New York’s West Side and opened the Factory where he turned toward creating industrial art. It wasn’t long before the Factory and Andy were attracting like-minded modernists from hippies to wannabe journalists and actors to drag queens and drug addicts. It was the start of New York’s avant garde scene where Warhol held court. In addition to his painting, he branched out into music, film and journalism where he met Paul Morrissey who was the director of some of Warhol’s early films.



Having already spent time in the Hamptons, Andy and Morrissey decided that buying real estate there would be a good investment so they went on the search to find something they could invest in together. Their decision to buy the Church Estate in Montauk for $225,000, the cost of which would be shared between them, would turn out to be the best investment Warhol ever made. It was built by the Church family of Arm & Hammer baking soda as a fishing camp. By the time they took ownership in 1972 until Warhol’s death in 1987, the stream of celebrity guests and renters put Montauk on the international map. Frequent guests included Jerry Hall, Cyril Tiegs, Halston, Liza Minnelli, Liz Taylor, John Lennon, John Phillips, Mick Jagger, Jackie Kennedy and Lee Radziwill. The parties were legendary and stories of happy days idled away on the beach abound in many celebrity biographies.



The Montauk compound is now for sale by current owner, CEO of J. Crew, Mickey Drexler, who bought it in 2007 for $27 million. The estate is sited on 30 acres with historic equestrian center, beachside main house and six cottages totaling approximately 14,968 square feet with nine bedrooms and twelve baths – all meticulously restored by architect Thierry Despont. The equine center has two restored barns built by Indianapolis 500 and Miami Beach developer, Carl Fisher, in the late 1920s.



Andy Warhol’s storied seaside haven which he co-purchased with filmmaker Paul Morrissey for $225,000 is now for sale priced at $85 million. The listing agents are Paul Brennan and Ronald White of Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Bridgehampton, New York.


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