Can the Brooke Astor story handle any more twists and turns? Well, here’s a hairpin. And if anyone knows where it leads, I’d be thrilled to hear about it. A friend reminded me today about a story that appeared in the New York Observer in July about the sale of the late art gallery scion Alec Wildenstein’s infamous townhouse at 11 East 64th Street. That ‘s where, a few years back, Jocelyn “Bride of” Wildenstein found her husband in bed with a model and a pistol he promptly waved at his wife. After the townhouse sold this summer for $42.5 million, The Observer’s crack real estate investigator, Max Abelson, uncovered the deed, which showed the buyer to be a “limited liability corporation named Vesta International,” Abelson wrote. “Vesta’s deed is signed by Tricia Novak Canzeri, whose late ex-husband, Joseph, handled personal work for Reagans and Rockefellers. It isn’t clear who Ms. Canzeri works for, but, outlandishly, her address is listed on the deed as care of Christopher Ely, the butler to the late Brooke Astor. Even though a P.O. box in Briarcliff Manor, where the late Astor lived, is listed on the deed, it’s massively unlikely that the Astor family is connected to the huge sale, considering the ongoing litigation over her will. Plus, the butler and Astor’s son, Anthony Marshall, don’t get along: In court papers, Mr. Marshall blamed Mr. Ely for instigating complaints about Astor’s care in retaliation for being fired.” This probably has nothing to do with the Astor mess, which is back in the news this week due to the publication of Meryl Gordon‘s fine new book on the imbroglio. It has much to say about butler Ely (who got his job back and remained with Astor until her death). Perhaps it’s as simple as all rich people knowing each other and sometimes sharing household help. Yet it left me scratching my head and saying, “Huh?” Anybody know more?