Art Collector Lawrence Friedland’s Southampton Mansion Goes Up In Flames
A 8,300-square-foot, $9.2 million Southampton mega-mansion belonging to real estate mogul and art collector Lawrence Friedland and his wife Marilyn was destroyed over the weekend when a fire erupted.
The fire is an eerie reprise of another blaze that occurred 15 years ago in the couple’s Park Avenue apartment, which wiped out much of their carefully curated collection of art and antiques. It is unknown whether or not any art was harmed in this fire, but Newsday reports that most of the home and its contents were destroyed, so anything that was hung in the estate is likely gone. No one from Friedland’s company, Friedland Properties, responded to immediate requests for comment.
The New York Post reports that the Hamptons blaze is thought to have begun with a grease fire in the kitchen. No one was reported injured, but at least ten volunteer fire departments from throughout the area were called to the scene as the fire worsened throughout the afternoon and evening of July 25. Several firefighters were later treated for smoke inhalation at a nearby facility.
The house, which was built in 1999, is located at 50 Wyandanch Lane, a prime street in the area, which is dotted with other homes of similar magnitude that belong to boldface names like Lally Weymouth, Arthur Sulzberger, George Soros, and Jean and Martin Shafiroff. Thankfully, Larry Gagosian’s mansion and other homes were not harmed by the fire.
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