Peter Beard, a resident of Montauk for the past 60 years, is a famous photographer, an award-winning author and an adventurer in Africa. He has gone on legendary safaris with his cameras.
Twenty years ago, he was trampled by a charging elephant in Africa and had to be taken by helicopter to a hospital in Nairobi, where it was felt he might not survive. He did. But his injuries curtailed his activities.
In February, a judge ruled on a case brought by Peter Beard against California art collector Bernie Chase, who said he had an agreement with Beard to buy $1 million of Beard’s original photography. The court ruled in favor of Beard because there was no contract signed. Chase said it was done on a handshake, while Beard said he had been too ill at the time to make the deal.
The judge, Charles Ramos, also said he is keeping copies of some of the photographs entered into evidence. “I have one of Ms. White scantily dressed,” he told the New York Post, indicating he was keeping it in his chambers. Natalie White was a longtime muse and model for some of Beard’s work.
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