In the news this week you will find two stories of men soothing what ails them through extreme retail therapy: that of Friday Night Lights writer Buzz Bissinger, who confessed in the pages of GQ to spending over $600,000 at the House of Gucci in a leather fetish/bondage binge that resulted in him coming to own 'eighty-one leather jackets, seventy-five pairs of boots, forty-one pairs of leather pants, thirty-two pairs of haute couture jeans, ten evening jackets, and 115 pairs of leather gloves' and Steve Cohen, who will not be held down by SEC fines topping half a billion dollars or bulls-eyes on his back. On Tuesday it was reported that the SAC Capital founder had picked up Picasso's Le Rêve for $155 million as "a gift to himself" and now he's got a place to put it:
Mr. Cohen reached a deal last week to pay $60 million for an oceanfront property on Further Lane in East Hampton, on Long Island, according to a person with direct knowledge of the sale. The home, which was listed for sale late last week, is down the road from one he already owns.
And while there was supposedly a real need to buy the second Hamptons house (the first one does not have an ocean view, being obstructed by Jim Chanos's manse), and Le Rêve is nice to look at, he could have bought the house and painting at any time. These purchases were clearly one part "pick-me-up," two parts "fuck all y'all." Which raises the question:
What does he go for next? This is a real, legitimate concern: when you drop $200+ million on a picture and a display case in one week, what do you buy for an encore? Manhattan? A small to medium sized country? A-Rod's contract, just for the fuck of it? Six hundred million dollars worth of leather pants? Help him out here.