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Two Hamptons estates sell for big bucks

This house is located at 33 Highway Behind

This house is located at 33 Highway Behind the Pond located in East Hampton New York. Photo taken on 12/14/11. Photo Credit: Doug Kuntz/

British politician Shaun Woodward recently sold his East Hampton estate for $16.75 million, according to the Long Island Real Estate Report.

The sale comes on the heels of another big-ticket transaction -- a Wainscott peninsula and estate, above, that went for $23 million.

Woodward, the millionaire Labour Party member of Parliament and former shadow secretary of state for Northern Ireland, put his restored 1920s six-bedroom, seven-bath home near the Atlantic Ocean on the market this year for $18.5 million. A limited liability company, 33 HBTC, purchased the 1.2-acre estate, which has a heated pool, a separate guest cottage and a two-car garage and views of Hook Pond and the Maidstone Club grounds.

Public records show that Eel Cove Trust bought the Wainscott property (left), a 2.5-acre penisula with 724 feet on Georgica Pond. It came on the market in 2010 for $29.9 million. The renovated late 19th-century Meditteranean-style house is 5,000 square feet with four bedrooms and 4.5 baths.

Public records and published reports identify the seller as Robert Benton, a Hollywood director of "Kramer Vs. Kramer" who wrote the screenplay for "Bonnie and Clyde."

Photos by Doug Kuntz

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