Get ready for the yard sale of the century.
A month after Confidenti@l exclusively reported that James B. Fairchild and Whitney St. John Fairchild would auction off belongings from their Bridgehampton estate over Memorial Day weekend, the divorce sale is on. But not before a little more drama unfolded Tuesday in Suffolk County Court.
Attorneys for James Fairchild filed an emergency injunction Tuesday asking that Whitney Fairchild be removed from the Highland Terrace house, where they claim she’s been interfering with auctioneers who are busily preparing for this weekend’s grand housecleaning.
At the end of the day Tuesday, Suffolk County court Judge David Riley allowed Whitney Fairchild to remain in the house, but ordered her to stay clear of the auctioneers while they work.
“Mrs. Fairchild has been squirming and wiggling to get out of this agreement before the ink was dry,” James Fairchild’s attorney Michael Stutman from law firm Mishcon de Reya told Confidenti@l. Stutman says the couple’s 13- and 9-year old children are in James Fairchild’s custody this week and will not return to the family home, which James Fairchild has moved out of, until the auction is over.
But Whitney Fairchild’s lawyer Don Shlimbaum said despite his client’s objections to auctioning off her family’s possessions, she has and will continue to honor the court’s decision.
Estates NY, who is handling the sale, advertises a flawless 5.5 carat diamond, Royal Copenhagen dinnerware and a fully loaded 2007 Cadillac Escalade. The auction house’s gauche online ad, apparently not geared toward the Sotheby’s crowd, entices buyers with the line “we urge you not to miss this sale !!! with the bonus of a wonderful Hamptons weekend !”
In 1994 the New York Times celebrated St. John and Fairchild’s wedding with an announcement describing their union “as proof that style is not yet dead in New York City.”
Neither is spite apparently. The couple filed for divorce in 2011.
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