Hot Hamptons Scoop

Hungry for scoop on Hamptons taboo art, celebrity real estate and places where you might want to get immunized before you visit? Then enjoy this post and Happy July 4!

I didn’t make it to the Gallery Valentine opening of unauthorized Peter Beard works yesterday (too busy lazing around and hitting a fuzzy green ball back and forth) but I’m oh so curious to see how it went. The East Hampton art spot (formerly co-owned by Tommy Mottola and now by Ryan Ross and Todd Kramer) was set to throw a big private shindig showing yesterday afternoon and early evening in collaboration with JetSmarter and Talent Resources of model Natalie White’s collection of Beard’s work featuring subjects such as Pamela Anderson, Hannah Davis, Chanel Iman, Nina Agdal, Helena Christensen and Alexandra Richards. The 25 controversial pieces and the show surrounding them have been in the news quite a bit of late as there’s been some serious legal wrangling over whether or not the show should mount. Hoping for pix from the opening, which I’ll share if I get. Hungry for more of Beard’s work? Down the street, Guild Hall’s authorized exhibition, “Last Word From Paradise,” is on view through July 31.

Matt Lauer gets things DONE when it comes to real estate. His purchase of Richard Gere’s former Strongheart Manor in North Haven for somewhere in the neighborhood of $35 million in June has been widely reported. And now the Today show anchor’s Scotts Landing Road on Wooley Pond has hit the market for $3.9 million. I highly doubt that one will last very long.

Ivan Wilzig has also reportedly listed his estate at 400 Hands Creek Road in East Hampton, though I think that one might need some FEMA-worthy scrub downs before showings considering all the shenanigans that have gone on there. The house, recent host to a Killing Kittens polyamorous event (reported by Curbed waaaaay before everyone else), is listed for $6.5 million.


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