Billionaire Publisher Peter Brant, a Major Collector of Andy Warhol, Has Listed His Art-Filled Florida Retreat for $28 Million
In May, the Brant Foundation will exhibit an expansive Andy Warhol survey in New York.
The historic Palm Beach estate belonging to billionaire publishing magnate Peter Brant and his wife, former supermodel Stephanie Seymour, has hit the market for $28 million.
The 7,175-square-foot landmarked mansion, nicknamed Buttonwood, is one of the last remaining homes of its kind in Palm Beach. According to the listing with luxury real estate company Brown Harris Stevens, the five-bedroom, five-bath home is one of the oldest and rarest on the barrier island, with most of its original details still intact.
The two-story house with Queen Anne-style influences boasts a pool, spa, sunroom, library, wood detailing, and a wraparound porch supported by Tuscan columns on brick piers. The lush half-acre property also features a four-bedroom guest house to complete the idyllic retreat.
The Florida villa—purchased by Brant and Seymour in 1999 for $4.1 million—was constructed in 1901 as the abode of the town’s inaugural mayor, Elisha Dimick. Currently, it sits just blocks from that original location, having been moved by logs to save it from demolition, first in 1920 and again in 1925.
Beginning in the 1960s, Brant acquired a vast art collection while transforming his father’s newsprint business into one of the country’s largest publishers. Many of the reported 1,000 artworks he owns were created by Andy Warhol, with whom Brant became friends after the artist asked to meet the young collector who was acquiring so many of his works. Brant remains one of Warhol’s largest collectors and began publishing the artist’s Interview magazine shortly after his death in 1987.
In 2014, Brant bought artist Walter De Maria’s former East Village home and studio to serve as the museum space for the Brant Foundation. In 2018, the foundation organized an exhibition called “Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again,” the first major retrospective of Warhol’s work in the U.S. in nearly 30 years. Beginning this May, the foundation will showcase an exhibition featuring more than 100 Warhol works from Brant’s personal collection in an expansive survey of the artist’s practice.
The Buttonwood estate, with its remarkable past, picturesque location, and illustrious art-world provenance, is a jewel in Palm Beach’s real-estate crown. According to the listing, “This exquisite house…is ideal for large families or for the discerning buyer looking to purchase a romantic Palm Beach classic.”
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