Call it a New York estate of mind.
In what turns out to be biggest sale in the history of the Hamptons, Jerry Seinfeld plunked down $35 million on Monday for Billy Joel’s lavish East Hampton estate, WWD has learned.
Seinfeld has been shopping around for a long time. Last summer, when he put a $10 million bid on another East Hampton property, Helmut Lang — with money to burn after selling a majority stake in his business to the Prada Group — swooped in and outbid him with an offer of almost $16 million.
More recently, Seinfeld had been pursuing Lee Radziwill’s East Hampton beach house. According to sources, when word leaked out that the deal with Radziwill had fallen through, Joel called Seinfeld directly and offered up his own property.
Joel and his then-wife, Christie Brinkley, bought the 10 1/2-acre, Robert A.M. Stern-designed estate on Further Lane in the Eighties and transformed the place into a Mediterranean villa.
It’s unclear whether the sale included the “Alexa Ray,” Joel’s fishing boat — named for his daughter — that’s been parked on the lawn during the off season.
Although there’s beachfront to spare, Seinfeld’s new digs are just one house away from his ex-rival Lang’s, which should make for a few interesting tete-a-tetes at low tide.