J. Crew CEO to Sell Andy Warhol’s Former Estate With Confederate Flag

by Corinna Kirsch on June 24, 2015 · 8 comments Newswire

Photo courtesy Guest of a  Guest

Eothen, the Montauk estate with a questionable flag. Photo courtesy Guest of a Guest.

It’s not every day that you see an $85-million listing for a Montauk estate once owned by Andy Warhol; the current owner of the five-home compound is J. Crew CEO Mickey Drexler. Brian Boucher at artnet News brought the sale to our attention, but it was a photograph of the estate’s interior that made us do a double take—because yes, that is a confederate flag hanging above the couch.

Figure One: Montauk estate once owned by Andy Warhol. Photo courtesy TopTenRealEstateDeals.com.


Figure Two: The Confederate “Stars and Bars,” the first national flag of the Confederacy.


Figure Three: Scene from a June 23, 2015 protest calling for the removal of the Confederate flag. Photo courtesy Brian Snyder/Reuters.

take it down

We can’t imagine that a Confederate flag-adorned CEO estate will fare well for the J. Crew fashion line, which has suffered from a recent series of layoffs amid flagging sales. But, hey! That flag must go perfectly with the fashion label’s plantation madras shirts and estate-blue chinos.

Take it down, roll it up!


Mario Lavelle June 24, 2015 at 3:16 pm

Ah, only was a matter of time before AFC’s clickbait radar detected that the Confederate Flag was the hot button critical issue this week. Borrowed from its sister site ‘artnet’ of course. I find it comical that ‘artnet’ was able to tie the flag into the art world – this story has the feel of the result of someone google news searching something like ‘confederate flag art’ to try and tie the two worlds together. It wasnt but for just a few years that AFC was publishing inflammatory material e.g. http://artfcity.com/2011/03/18/forget-in-ten-parts-part-6-an-illustrated-list/ which showcases Tim Johnson’s ‘Monuments to the Wives of the Confederate War Dead’, a highly offensive reminder of White Supremacy and possibly racist work of art, on its frontpage. You have forgotten your roots Korinna. This site used to be fun and filled with the kind of hateful crap that drove liberals wild.. now it is just a sick lame-o breeding ground for political correctness. What’s next week? David Hammons under scrutiny because he desecrated old glory? Paul Schimmel reemerges on the scene as a pro-confederate flag hater? Stay tuned… hope strunken white has something to say about this mess.

Corinna Kirsch June 24, 2015 at 3:28 pm
strunken white June 25, 2015 at 12:15 pm


phil callins June 24, 2015 at 4:08 pm
irwin fletcher June 28, 2015 at 12:06 pm

Warhol didn’t decorate it you ding dong. He died in 1987.

Will Brand June 26, 2015 at 2:02 pm

Good eye! I like that they have a couch and two chairs upholstered to match. Also that cute little endtable. I suppose you could have put in a bigger window and gotten a view of that dreary old Atlantic, but it’s much better this way.

David Colman July 2, 2015 at 11:31 am

As the native New Yorkers — like the Bronx-born Mickey Drexler — say, Oy. I would bet you 1000 to 1 that this tasteful interior was done by a interior designer who had no idea this was a confederate flag. I know more than my fair share of US flag history (did you know that back in the 18 century a five pointed star was called a “mullet” and was then an unusual alternative to the far more common six-point star?) , and I didn’t know. I am sure there are confederate flag scandals a plenty to rake up – but I doubt that this is one of them.

akyak July 2, 2015 at 3:49 pm

clearly he’s a fan of history cuz check out that phone

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