Billionaire Bogans in Bondi Biffo!
A bidding war for photographs of Kerry Packer in a fist fight with Nine’s chief executive, David Gyngell, at Bondi beach is understood to have been won by News Corporation, which is believed to have paid more than $200,000 for the images.
According to our exclusive sources, News Corp put in a bid of $210,000 which was significantly ahead of the others, including the Gutter Trash which offered $20 and a MYKI card.
The pair were apparently photographed punching and wrestling each other outside the billionaire’s Bondi apartment on Sunday afternoon,according to reports.
The fist fight is thought to have broken out because Packer wrongly believed a Nine news crew in a live satellite van had waited outside his home.
There has been widespread speculation Miranda Kerr has been dating Packer, something Kerr has categorically denied.
Kerr arrived back in Sydney this week.
Our sources said Packer had called Nine’s chief executive, angry that there appeared to be a satellite truck outside his home. Gyngell investigated and assured Packer it wasn’t true and that there were no crews on such an assignment.
Gyngell apparently went over to Packer’s street to investigate and discovered that a cameraman who lived on the street had left the satellite truck locked outside his home, as is usual in between shifts. Gyngell waited to tell Packer in person but a fight broke out anyway.
The two men had peace talks on Monday morning and issued a brief joint statement through Channel Nine’s publicity arm:
“We have been friends for 35 years and still are. In that time we have had our fair share of ups and downs. We respect each other and neither of us will be commenting further.”
Packer was best man at Gyngell’s wedding to Leila McKinnon in 2004 and Gyngell was best man at Packer’s wedding to Erica Baxter in 2007.
A Bondi resident who says he witnessed the altercation tweeted about a “massive street fight” outside the Packer home and later described the fight on his Facebook page.
“Holy crap, big street fight outside my house … Not thugs, James Packer … And some other angry bloke going toe-to-toe – total brawl … Wow,” Chris Walker wrote.
“Packer packered a punch but copped a couple of hits straight to the jaw… Then they all fell on the concrete fence and I think the other guy broke his face … They were looking for teeth after he left.”
The Seven presenter Chris Reason tweeted: “I’ve just seen the pix, they are extraordinary. Gyngell bearded and barefoot, Packer black eye, both in head locks on ground.”
Our sources say the pair had been forcibly separated by Packer’s bodyguards.
“Both Packer and Gyngell retreated to their respective homes following the bust-up, and a short time later a person who appeared to be a medical professional attended Packer’s home.”
Gyngell was waiting outside Packer’s house early on Sunday afternoon, sitting on the boot of his car for about 20 minutes as the casino mogul was chauffeured home after arriving aboard his private jet at Sydney airport.