HAMPTONS - When one thinks about Andy Warhol, his iconic silver Factory immediately comes to mind. The studio was a hotbed for liberation and creativity, as illustrated by the artist’s friends, or “Superstars,” who frequented it. But, when the city became too chaotic, the contemporary legend could escape to his serene Montauk home, now for sale by Sotheby’s International Realty. Of course, his love of celebrity would soon follow him to the Hamptons.
WARHOL'S MONTAUK 30-ACRE OCEANFRONT HOME IS NOW FOR SALE THROUGH SOTHEBY'S INTERNATIONAL REALTY.
The Church family, who achieved their fortune through making Arm & Hammer baking soda, built the estate, known as Eothen, Greek for “from the east,” in the 1930s. The property was primarily used as a fishing camp, until Warhol and film director Paul Morrissey bought Eothen in 1972 for $225,000 – a mere fraction of a Warhol painting’s cost today.
ANDY WARHOL AND MICK JAGGER CELEBRATE THE ALBUM RELEASE OF LOVE YOU LIVE AT TRAX CIRCA 1977 IN NEW YORK CITY. PHOTO BY REP/IMAGES/GETTY IMAGES.
Eothen, which consists of six cottages, a historic equestrian farm and 30 sweeping oceanfront acres, was no stranger to the stars. In fact, during spring of 1975, the Rolling Stones rented Warhol’s home as a rehearsal space for their American tour. Andy even wrote, "Mick Jagger really put Montauk on the map. The motels were overflowing with groupies" (Exposures, Grosset & Dunlap, 1979).
LEE RADZIWILL AND ANDY WARHOL AT A MONTAUK VILLAGE ASSOCIATION BENEFIT COCKTAIL PARTY.
PHOTO BY RON GALELLA/WIREIMAGE.
Notable guests ranged from Halston, to Elizabeth Taylor, to John Lennon, and one starlet Warhol spent many Montauk days with was Princess Caroline Lee Radziwill, Jackie Onassis’ sister. During the first summer of Warhol's residence at Eothen, Radziwill rented the largest house there, often bringing along her sister, her niece Caroline and her nephew John Junior.
‘ANDY WARHOL AT HOME, CHURCH ESTATE, MONTAUK', 1972, PHOTOGRAPHED BY WARHOL'S NEIGHBOR
PETER BEARD. SOLD AT SOTHEBY'S FOR 51,900 EUR.
The home was eventually bought by another industry creative, J.Crew CEO, Mickey Drexler in 2007. With a star-studded guest list, Sotheby’s International Realty presents an extraordinary opportunity to live like Warhol, rock like a Jagger and vacation like a Kennedy.