Bidding war breaks out for snaps of Bondi beach battle of the billionaires
A public brawl at Sydney's Bondi beach between billionaire James Packer and David Gyngell, his former best friend and best man, has left Australia enthralled and prompted a bidding war for the photographs.
Mr Packer (46) son of Australian television mogul Kerry Packer, was seen "fighting like dogs" with his life-long private school friend on the pavement outside his beachside home.
Mr Gyngell (47) the current head of the station once owned by Kerry Packer and himself the millionaire son of a television executive, was seen choking Mr Packer, a casino mogul and Australia's third-richest person.
A doctor reportedly attended Mr Packer's home and there were claims he had a black eye and took a severe blow to the jaw, possibly losing teeth.
Though the reasons for the fight are unknown, Mr Gyngell was reportedly furious that Mr Packer recently separated from Erica Baxter, his second wife and the mother of his children. Mr Packer has since been rumoured to be in a relationship with Australian supermodel Miranda Kerr, who recently separated from actor Orlando Bloom.
Earlier in the day, Sydney's 'Sunday Telegraph' newspaper published an interview with Kerr, who said she was not in a relationship with anyone since splitting with Bloom and that Packer has "been a friend for many years".
Mr Packer and Mr Gyngell released a statement saying they remained "friends".
A bidding war has since broken out for a set of 50 photos taken by a bystander. ©Daily Telegraph, London)