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OPULENCE & SPLENDOUR

Luxury and the arts

From houses to cars and from Hockney to van Dyck, a profile of the best and the worst

March 19, 2017

A Musical Roller

by Matthew Steeples

Rolls-Royce previously owned by musicians Kenney Jones and Vangelis to be auctioned   A 1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III drophead coupé complete with ‘Chinese Eyes’ quad headlights that was owned by the drummer Kenney Jones and the electronic musician Vangelis is to be sold at auction next week.   The mid-metallic blue with beige hide … Continue reading “A Musical Roller”

March 18, 2017

Red Rollers

by Matthew Steeples

Pair of striking red Rolls-Royces with Scottish connections to be auctioned at the Imperial War Museum Duxford   Rolls-Royces tend to be noticed wherever they go but a pair to be auctioned later this month are especially stand-out examples in that they both come in especially bold shades of red.   The first car, a … Continue reading “Red Rollers”

March 14, 2017

Nelson & Nintendo

by Matthew Steeples

Georgian mansion, where Admiral Lord Nelson lived with his lover and her husband, for sale for £4.25 million; it was renovated by a former Nintendo executive   One would expect a senior executive of a tech company to live in a slick, modern home in Silicon Valley, but since 2004, Matthew Hill, for many years … Continue reading “Nelson & Nintendo”

March 12, 2017

Large in Lowndes

by Matthew Steeples

Vast Knightsbridge penthouse with two terraces and a double garage for sale for a sum 478% higher than it achieved in 2000   A penthouse across three buildings in Knightsbridge that sold for £5.1 million (the equivalent of £7.9 million, $9.6 million, €9 million or درهم 35.3 million today) in November 2000 has gone on … Continue reading “Large in Lowndes”

An Economical Plate

by Matthew Steeples

Rare 1952 Austin A90 Atlantic to be auctioned complete with plate ‘GDP 137’; it is a fine example of an affordable and quirky classic   Described as an “unrestored oily-rag example”, a 1952 Austin A90 Atlantic saloon to be offered for sale by Classic Car Auctions has a design that echoes a 1946 Pininfarina bodied … Continue reading “An Economical Plate”

March 9, 2017

Barbed Manors

by Matthew Steeples

Grade II* listed Kent manor house for sale for £3.95 million; the purchaser will get a controversial £107.9 million EuroMillions jackpot winner as their neighbour   Sold last in 2009 for £1.9 million (the equivalent of £2.3 million, $2.8 million, €2.2 million or درهم 10.3 million today), Waystrode Manor at Cowden, near Edenbridge in Kent … Continue reading “Barbed Manors”

March 5, 2017

Tarts & Trump

by Matthew Steeples

Ex-Donald Trump limo and Range Rover with the perfect plate for the “pussy grabber” to be auctioned side-by-side at Goodwood in March   Donald Trump might now be best known as the 45th President of the United States of America and a man known for tweeting odd claims that his predecessor hacked his telephone lines, … Continue reading “Tarts & Trump”

Plaques & Palladiums

by Matthew Steeples

Estate agent fails to mention the “historical significance” of an Eaton Square property that was home to a paeodphile for 40 years   Those in the property business like to wax lyrical about the merits of particular locations but none in their right mind would willingly mention, for example, that 79 Gloucester Road in London’s … Continue reading “Plaques & Palladiums”

March 4, 2017

The Honeymoon Express

by Matthew Steeples

Romantic “Rolls for two” for sale for £1.1 million to £1.5 million; it’s just one of two made and it was designed with honeymooning couples in mind   Featuring just two seats and an oversized boot to house a week’s luggage, a “radically designed” 1958 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I drophead coupé is to be sold … Continue reading “The Honeymoon Express”

March 1, 2017

Missenden Murders

by Matthew Steeples

Georgian house used in several TV series for sale for £3.95 million; it comes complete with a garden by a Chelsea Flower Show gold medal winner   The most popular TV drama series in the world, Midsomer Murders, was originally going to be called Missenden Murders in reference to one of its most regular filming … Continue reading “Missenden Murders”

February 27, 2017

You Can Say That If You Like

by Matthew Steeples

Belgravia apartment in building where Diana, Princess of Wales’ maternal grandmother lived, plotted and died for sale for a sum 165% higher than it sold for in 2003   The residence of brewery baron and Unionist politician The Rt. Hon. George Younger, 1st Viscount Younger of Leckie (1851 – 1929) in the 1920s, 36 Eaton … Continue reading “You Can Say That If You Like”

February 26, 2017

A Charitable Crib

by Matthew Steeples

Ex-Bear Stearns banker places £47.7 million New York mansion for sale at a sum 1,123% higher than its 1996 sale price – all profits from the sale to go to charity   A third of the width of an NFL football field, 11 13 West 10th Street in Greenwich Village, New York was until recently … Continue reading “A Charitable Crib”

February 23, 2017

A £5m Fixer Upper

by Matthew Steeples

Belgravia flat offered for £4.95 million in spite of featuring collapsed ceilings, ripped out light fittings and holes in the walls   Before putting a property on the market and having it photographed for a sales brochure, most would clean up and make the space look appealing. In Belgravia, however, the owners of a £4.95 … Continue reading “A £5m Fixer Upper”

February 22, 2017

Take Me To The Gold Park

by Matthew Steeples

Outrageously over-the-top Beverly Hills pad complete with gold accessories galore goes on sale for £80 million; buyers will get a gold Lamborghini, a gold Rolls-Royce and 170 gold coloured bottles of Cristal   Sold last for £7.7 million ($9.8 million, €9.3 million or درهم36 million) in 2012 when it was a 5,926 square foot house, … Continue reading “Take Me To The Gold Park”

February 21, 2017

Fifty Shades of St John

by Matthew Steeples

Christie’s to auction the contents of the homes of the gloriously bonkers late Lord St John of Fawlsey and his late partner this Wednesday   The Rt. Hon. The Lord St John-Stevas of Fawsley, PC, FRSL (born plain old Norman St John and also known as Norman St John-Stevas, 1929 – 2012) was a “renowned … Continue reading “Fifty Shades of St John”

February 19, 2017

The Car & The Star

by Matthew Steeples

1977 Rolls-Royce Camargue originally owned by Sammy Davis Jr. to be auctioned   Thrice married, father of four Sammy Davis Jr. (1925 – 1990) led an exotic and varied life. Born in New York, he began his career in vaudeville at the age of 3, became a member of The Rat Pack with Frank Sinatra … Continue reading “The Car & The Star”

February 17, 2017

Trump Gold

by Matthew Steeples

Horrific £27.6 million apartment in Trump International Tower is struggling to sell; in this case its not the links to the POTUS that is the cause, it’s simply revoltingly decorated   “Don’t let the opulence distract you”, suggest the many agents marketing what could be quite possibly the gaudiest apartment at One Central Park West … Continue reading “Trump Gold”

February 14, 2017

Chocolate Box Perfection

by Matthew Steeples

Quaint medieval thatched cottage for sale; it is one of the oldest in Wiltshire   One of the oldest building structures in Wiltshire, The Old Cottage at Ogbourne St. Andrew, dates to medieval times and is now for sale for £630,000 ($786,000, €743,000 or درهم2.9 million).   Grade II listed and built from banded sarsen … Continue reading “Chocolate Box Perfection”

Courting Controversy

by Matthew Steeples

Grade I listed former court house reduced in price by 20% after owner is targeted by anti-English militants   Anglophobia is well known to be rife in certain parts of Wales and such organisations as Meibion Glyndŵr (Sons of Owain Glyndŵr), Mudiad Amddiffyn Cymru (Welsh Defence Movement) and the Free Wales Army targeted English residents … Continue reading “Courting Controversy”

February 12, 2017

Mind Your Manor

by Matthew Steeples

Quintessential English manor house for sale   A typical English manor house has been placed on the market for £3.85 million ($4.8 million, €4.5 million or درهم17.7 million).   Grade II* listed The Manor House at Cholderton, near Salisbury in Wiltshire dates to around 1700 and is primarily built in red and blue brick in … Continue reading “Mind Your Manor”

February 10, 2017

Pint Sized

by Matthew Steeples

Chelsea’s smallest stand-alone house for sale; it is situated on the same street at two pubs   What could quite possibly be the smallest stand-alone house in Chelsea is for sale for £600,000 ($750,000, €705,000 or درهم2.8 million).   20 Britten Street extends to just 290 square foot in total and is situated next to … Continue reading “Pint Sized”

February 4, 2017

Anything Can Happen

by Matthew Steeples

5,000 acre Irish estate where “anything can happen” for sale for £24.1 million; its current owner would prefer a buyer who’ll allow him to use it for three months a year   Michael Jackson hid out at Luggala in County Wicklow, Ireland in 2006 for three months after being cleared of child molestation charges and … Continue reading “Anything Can Happen”

February 2, 2017

Viewing Auntie

by Matthew Steeples

“London’s best penthouse” for sale; it has a sad past   Reduced in price from £20 million ($25.3 million, €23.4 million or درهم93 million) to £17.95 million ($22.7 million, €21 million or درهم83.3 million), a flat for sale in Ambika House in Portland Place is described as “arguably one of the best penthouses in London”. … Continue reading “Viewing Auntie”

January 31, 2017

The Cherry on The Cake

by Matthew Steeples

1930s mansion in Surrey by eccentric master builder Oliver Hill offered for sale for a price 532% higher than it was marketed for in 2006   Offered for sale for £4.75 million in 2006 (the equivalent of £6.3 million, ($7.9million, €7.4 million or درهم28.9 million today), Cherry Hill – originally known as ‘Holthanger’ – on … Continue reading “The Cherry on The Cake”

January 22, 2017

A Happy House

by Matthew Steeples

Berkshire country house named “Gays” for sale   Not connected with the LGBT community in any way, but in fact named after a man named John Gays, “Gays” at Holyport, near Maidenhead in Berkshire dates to around 1456 and is currently for sale for £5.95 million ($7.36 million, €6.88 million or درهم27.05 million).     … Continue reading “A Happy House”

January 17, 2017

Onslow & Campbell

by Matthew Steeples

South Kensington ground floor flat for sale for the same price as Sol Campbell’s Georgian country house in Northumberland   Near Corbridge in Northumberland, former footballer Sol Campbell has been trying to sell Hallington Hall, a 10,489 square foot country house he shares with his interior designer wife, for £4.95 million (reduced from £6 million … Continue reading “Onslow & Campbell”

January 15, 2017

Made From The Mayflower

by Matthew Steeples

So-called ‘super estate’ in Buckinghamshire – complete with a barn allegedly made from wood from The Mayflower and a museum with space for 25 cars – for sale for £15 million   Controversially sold to Rivercrest Developments for £1.85 million in 2006 (the equivalent of £2.4 million, $2.9 million, €2.7 million or درهم10.7 million today) … Continue reading “Made From The Mayflower”

January 12, 2017

A Serpentine Summer House

by Matthew Steeples

Serpentine Galleries summerhouse originally installed in Kensington Gardens for sale – it’ll cost you a bit more than what you might find down at B&Q   Each summer, since the year 2000, the Serpentine Galleries have commissioned what they term a ‘pavilion’ to stand alongside their original gallery in Kensington Gardens. These have varied from … Continue reading “A Serpentine Summer House”

January 11, 2017

A Village Ideal

by Matthew Steeples

Unlisted 18th century Georgian residence near Badminton for sale; ideal for those looking to quit the rat race   City dwellers and commuters regularly dream of quitting the rat race for a life in the country and when they watch programmes like Escape to the Country and Downton Abbey, they see an idealised vision of … Continue reading “A Village Ideal”

January 10, 2017

Panic Over The Price

by Matthew Steeples

Vast New York triplex with three bullet-proof panic rooms at The Heritage at Trump Place reduced in price by 47%; Is the Trump connection a factor?   In 2012, a Saudi royal placed a fifth, sixth and seventh triplex he “rarely uses” on the market for £61.7 million ($75 million, €71 million or درهم275.5 million). … Continue reading “Panic Over The Price”

January 8, 2017

Lavish Landies

by Matthew Steeples

A selection of the most unusual and expensive Land Rovers currently for sale; prepare to be wowed   Over two million Land Rovers were made between 1948 and 2015 and undoubtedly being the strongest workhorses on the road, a high number survive. Whilst one of the final cars off the production line – admittedly built … Continue reading “Lavish Landies”

January 7, 2017

Cupboards by Harrods

by Matthew Steeples

Two studio flats near Harrods for sale for extraordinary sums offer ideal homes for pint-sized people   A typical London Underground carriage provides about 464 square foot of space. In Knightsbridge and just seconds from Harrods, a property offering just over half that area has just come on sale on a short lease for £450,000 … Continue reading “Cupboards by Harrods”

January 3, 2017

Beetling to Auction

by Matthew Steeples

Rusty old Volkswagen Beetle to be auctioned; it’s offered with an astounding guide price   Classic cars continue to defy other markets and with each auction, prices continue to rocket. With such things as 1980s Peugeot 205 GTis selling for up to £150,000 and certain 1990s Porsches achieving £1.2 million, many think the market has … Continue reading “Beetling to Auction”

December 24, 2016

All Set

by Matthew Steeples

“Set” in London’s grandest apartment block offered for sale   Albany – never termed “The Albany” – used to be the London equivalent of New York’s “bachelor apartments”. Though “proprietors”, as they are known, of this “oasis off Piccadilly” can now also be women, children under 14 are still supposedly not allowed to live there … Continue reading “All Set”

December 20, 2016

Out Of The Shadows

by Matthew Steeples

Hannah Harley Young’s debut exhibition at The Hospital Club   On Thursday 1st December, a private view of the works of the portrait and party photographer Hannah Harley Young was held at The Hospital Club in Covent Garden.   At a launch attended by such people as Henry Conway, Nancy Dell’Olio and Millie Mackintosh, guests … Continue reading “Out Of The Shadows”

December 19, 2016

A Room With A View

by Matthew Steeples

House with stunning views in San Francisco offered for 100% more than it sold in 2010   Despite having a somewhat unassuming road frontage elevation, 320 Sea Cliff Avenue in San Francisco is a house that has a truly spectacular view to the rear. Offered for sale for £12.8 million ($16 million, €15.3 million or … Continue reading “A Room With A View”

December 18, 2016

Minimal Me

by Matthew Steeples

Britain’s smallest detached house for sale   What is almost certainly Britain’s smallest detached house has gone on sale for £110,000 ($137,400 or €131,500 or درهم‎‎504,600).   The Round House at Stanton Drew in Somerset has just two rooms and a shower room and has a total floor space of just 146 square foot over … Continue reading “Minimal Me”

December 17, 2016

Narcissus & Nicholas

by Matthew Steeples

An introduction to an art dealer with a difference; meet Nicholas Campbell of Narcissus Arts   Nicholas Campbell of Narcissus Arts is a contemporary art dealer with a difference. Aside from being soave and sophisticatedly dressed, this bon viveur only champions works under £10,000 and is unique in that regard in the UK.   Also … Continue reading “Narcissus & Nicholas”

December 14, 2016

Five of the Best – Christmas Gifts for Him

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples selects the perfect gifts for gents this Christmas   Fairfax & Favor ‘The Balmoral’ loafers – £145 ($184 or €173 or درهم‎‎675) These hand stitched loafers are described as a “perfect all season shoe for the laid back dress-up, dress-down lifestyle”. They have a leather sole and are the brainchild of Marcus Fairfax … Continue reading “Five of the Best – Christmas Gifts for Him”

December 13, 2016

A Bachelor’s Base

by Matthew Steeples

Studio for rent within former “bachelor apartment hotel” in NoMad, New York   From the same agent as the minute Manhattan penthouse we featured in November comes another pint-sized property. Situated within a building known as ‘The Wilbraham’ at 282 to 284 Fifth Avenue or 1 West 30th Street in NoMad, a studio within the … Continue reading “A Bachelor’s Base”

December 10, 2016

A Performing Peugeot

by Matthew Steeples

Best performing classic car in terms of value gain revealed; you’ll be surprised at the result   We’ve featured several Peugeot 205s that have sold at auctions at prices as high as £156,800 and now the latest Haggerty Classic Index has revealed that the greatest classic car value gain this year has been on the … Continue reading “A Performing Peugeot”

December 9, 2016

A Parson’s Moat

by Matthew Steeples

East Sussex country house for sale; it comes complete with an enormous rectangular moat allegedly dug by an eccentric parson in the 1700s   One generally associates moats with castles and manor houses – such as the one we featured last month – but an old rectory currently for sale for £5 million ($6.3 million … Continue reading “A Parson’s Moat”

December 7, 2016

Exciting a Royal

by Matthew Steeples

Jaguar E-Type originally owned by Prince Michael of Kent for sale   A 1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-litre FHC originally owned by His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent is for sale with an Essex vintage car specialist.   Described as having “matching numbers, in impeccable order throughout and being close to conours”, Prince … Continue reading “Exciting a Royal”

Living on a Prayer

by Matthew Steeples

Converted Methodist chapel in Wiltshire for sale   Currently used as a “highly successful” holiday let, The Old Chapel at Lacock, near Chippenham in Wiltshire is for sale for £600,0000 ($755,000 or €703,000 or درهم‎‎2.8 million).   A former Methodist chapel, the 2,725 square foot property includes accommodation over three floors and currently features 4 … Continue reading “Living on a Prayer”

December 5, 2016

Reducing a Kennedy

by Matthew Steeples

Former home of Jacqueline Kennedy in Georgetown, Washington reduced in price by £600,000; she lived there in 1964 before moving to Manhattan   Reduced from £7.677 million ($9.750 million or €9.109 million or درهم‎‎35.811 million) to £7.075 million ($8.995 million or €8.403 million or درهم‎‎33.038 million) and the first home of Jacqueline Kennedy post the … Continue reading “Reducing a Kennedy”

December 3, 2016

A £10m Doer-Upper

by Matthew Steeples

Oxfordshire country house that has appeared in many films for sale for £10 million in spite of needing some renovation   Launched to the market in June for £10 million ($12.7 million or €11.9 million or درهم46.7‎‎ million) in June 2016 as a while or £7.75 million ($9.9 million or €9.2 million or درهم‎‎36.2 million) … Continue reading “A £10m Doer-Upper”

December 2, 2016

Boxing Above Its Weight?

by Matthew Steeples

Will a Ferrari once owned by Sir Henry Cooper achieve 126% more than it did a year ago?   Last November, Silverstone Auctions sold a 1973 Ferrari 365 GT4 2+2 that was at one time owned by the legendary boxer Sir Henry Cooper OBE. After featuring in The Steeple Times, it fetched just £30,938 ($39,125 … Continue reading “Boxing Above Its Weight?”

December 1, 2016

A Tremendous Triangle

by Matthew Steeples

Iconic modernist house in Connecticut by renowned architect John Black Lee reduced in price by 60%   Award winning architect John Black Lee (1924 – 2016) was born in Chicago and took influence from the ‘Harvard Five’ architects Marcel Breur and Philip C. Johnson. He built, for his own occupation, a house 48 miles outside … Continue reading “A Tremendous Triangle”

November 28, 2016

Larging an Auction

by Matthew Steeples

Europe’s largest auto-themed, single owner collection sale achieves £43.7 million in total sales   The largest auto-themed collection sale ever staged in Europe concluded this weekend with a total sales figure of £43.7 million ($54.3 million or €51.3 million or درهم‎‎199.4 million).   With the cheapest lot, an Argentinian #C7 Class 3 catamaran at the … Continue reading “Larging an Auction”

November 27, 2016

Sugaring a Price

by Matthew Steeples

1957 Bentley S1 Continental sports saloon that has been owned by both Sir Elton John and Lord Sugar for sale for a 243% higher sum than it achieved in 2007   Owned by the temper tantrum prone Sir Elton John – a character known for his fondness for visits to the land of olive oil … Continue reading “Sugaring a Price”

November 26, 2016

Pint-Sized Perfection

by Matthew Steeples

Picturesque gate lodge in Warwickshire offered for sale   Sometimes the best things come in small packages and for those looking for a weekend retreat, a little 19th century gatehouse named Molly’s Lodge could provide just what the doctor ordered.   Standing in 0.61 acres of cottage gardens at Wolford Heath, near Long Compton in … Continue reading “Pint-Sized Perfection”

November 23, 2016

An Exciting Estate

by Matthew Steeples

Devon home of Fortnum & Mason board member and scion of the Weston family for sale   Jana Khayat, a horse breeder, board member of Fortnum & Mason and scion of the billionaire Weston family, placed her Devon home on the market in September.   Oxford educated Khayat and her husband Antoine, Country Life’s Penny … Continue reading “An Exciting Estate”

November 21, 2016

70% off (but still £24 million)

by Matthew Steeples

Californian estate slashed in price from £81 million to £24 million It’s owner originally wanted to stay until he died; he’ll now leave   Priced at £81 million ($100 million, €94 million or درهم367 million) when we featured it in March 2013, Curbed San Francisco reports that a Californian estate named Guignécourt has been reduced … Continue reading “70% off (but still £24 million)”

November 20, 2016

Manhattan’s Cheapest Penthouse

by Matthew Steeples

An opportunity to live amongst New York’s elite on a budget   Last week, New York real estate blog 6sqft featured Manhattan’s cheapest penthouse. It’s surprisingly for sale for just £154,000 ($190,000, €180,000 or درهم‎‎698,000) and it is situated at 103 East 84th Street.   Aside from being within, as you’d expect, a “full service … Continue reading “Manhattan’s Cheapest Penthouse”

November 17, 2016

Taming the Dragon

by Matthew Steeples

Unusual Chinese style house that once played host to dissidents in Winchester offered for sale   Last offered for sale in 2001 for £895,000 (the equivalent of £1.3 million or $1.6 million or €1.5 million or درهم‎‎6 million today), The Pagoda House in Winchester is a truly remarkable building. Built in the Chinese style for … Continue reading “Taming the Dragon”

November 13, 2016

Mind the Moat

by Matthew Steeples

Grade I listed moated Norfolk manor house put on the market for £750,000 less than it was promoted for in 2012   Illustration of the troubled state of the UK’s prime property market is provided in the form of Morley Old Hall in Norfolk. This Grade I listed manor was marketed for £2.65 million in … Continue reading “Mind the Moat”

November 12, 2016

Reconfiguring Wyman

by Matthew Steeples

Terraced house with a difference owned previously by Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman for sale   A house formerly owned by the metal detecting enthusiast and musician Bill Wyman has been placed for sale at a price of £2.65 million ($3.3 million, €3.1 million or درهم‎‎,12.3 million).   326 Fulham Road – also known as … Continue reading “Reconfiguring Wyman”

November 7, 2016

A Qatari Roller

by Matthew Steeples

Rolls-Royce Corniche convertible originally owned by the Emir of Qatar to be auctioned   The late Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani (1995 – 2013), seized power in a bloodless palace coup d’état in 1995 and transformed his country into the richest country in the world per capita. He had three wives … Continue reading “A Qatari Roller”

November 5, 2016

One Bed Excess

by Matthew Steeples

One bedroom flat in SW3 on offer for a price that will surprise   When one thinks of one bedroom flats, one doesn’t generally expect them to be especially pricey. Agents Russell Simpson, however, are currently selling one in Cadogan Gardens, SW3 and it comes complete with a staggering asking price of £3.25 million ($4.1 … Continue reading “One Bed Excess”

November 4, 2016

Selling a Studio

by Matthew Steeples

Chelsea artists’ studio offered for sale; most artists will be unable to afford it   Between 1850 and 1914 many artists’ studios were constructed in Kensington and Chelsea in the wake of “the pro art political climate” supported by the likes of Disraeli, Gladstone and the royal family.   The first set of purpose-built flatted … Continue reading “Selling a Studio”

November 1, 2016

Asking an Area Code

by Matthew Steeples

New York penthouse being marketed on its prized Manhattanite 212 area code and Fifth Avenue address   Just as has occurred in London’s Mayfair, “dusty” office buildings in New York are being turned into luxury apartments. For many years, according to The New York Times, a “neo-Gothic tower” at 212 Fifth Avenue in the ‘NoMad’ … Continue reading “Asking an Area Code”

October 29, 2016

Sam Cam’s Car

by Matthew Steeples

Fiat 500L bought as a gift for Samantha Cameron by her husband to be auctioned   David Cameron took the stupidest gamble of his life – and wrecked our country in the process – when he announced his decision to allow the British public to vote on whether to leave or remain in the UK. … Continue reading “Sam Cam’s Car”

October 28, 2016

Hay (Br)exit

by Matthew Steeples

Northern country house for sale for £700,000 more than it sold for a year ago in spite of Brexit market decline   The Higginson family put Hay Carr, a stunning Lancashire estate, on the market in late 2014 for £4.25 million ($5.2 million or €4.7 million) and sold it shortly thereafter.   The new owner, … Continue reading “Hay (Br)exit”

October 27, 2016

Living it Large

by Matthew Steeples

BHDR market one of New York’s most impressive apartments; the price is staggering and the now deceased owner was one of Wall Street’s largest 1980s characters   Top New York realty and development firm Bahadiring Realty are amongst a group of agents to be marketing one of Fifth Avenue’s largest and most striking apartments for … Continue reading “Living it Large”

October 26, 2016

Sculpting a Residence

by Matthew Steeples

Former residence of sculptor with Liz Hurley as a neighbour for sale in Chelsea   The self-described ‘actress’ and diva Liz Hurley is probably the most famous ‘name’ living in cherry tree lined Redcliffe Road, SW10 but a slightly more talented former resident was a sculptor named Alice Lindley-Millican (married in 1917, died November 1930). … Continue reading “Sculpting a Residence”

October 25, 2016

The Island Car

by Matthew Steeples

Perfect ‘his’ and ‘hers’ cars for billionaires with mega yachts offered by Neiman Marcus as part of a charity benefit   Each year since 1926, Neiman Marcus have produced what they call the Christmas Book and in this year’s they have produced a ‘fantasy list’ that will benefit charities including The Heart of Neiman Marcus … Continue reading “The Island Car”

October 24, 2016

The House of Mogg

by Matthew Steeples

The house where the eccentric MP Jacob Rees-Mogg grew up is for sale – and it comes with two things that aspiring Mary Berry’s and aspiring Jeremy Clarkson’s will love   Previously marketed for £2.5 million ($3 million or €2.8 million) in April 2015, a Georgian former rectory at Hinton Blewett in Somerset is for … Continue reading “The House of Mogg”

October 22, 2016

The Phantom of Love

by Matthew Steeples

Rolls-Royce with an interior inspired by Versailles to be auctioned   Today, Britain’s most vulgar people – James Stunt and Elton John – travel in pretentious convoys but in 1926, a wealthy heiress named Maude Gasque was gifted a car that can only be described as utterly extravagant by her husband, Claude. That vehicle, a … Continue reading “The Phantom of Love”

October 21, 2016

The New Andy Warhol

by Matthew Steeples

A private view of the works of Lincoln Townley at the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea   Described as “the new Andy Warhol” by the actor Michael Caine, acclaimed artist Lincoln Townley’s works were displayed at the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea on Wednesday 19th October. To welcome the exhibition, a party was held to mark the … Continue reading “The New Andy Warhol”

October 20, 2016

Curating a Palazzo

by Matthew Steeples

Venetian residence – perfect for a curator – reduced in price by £2.9 million   Venice truly is “Dinsey World for adults” and now someone with cash to spare could potentially get a bargain residence within a 15th century palazzo there at an auction on 17th November.   Reduced in price from £6.9 million ($8.5 … Continue reading “Curating a Palazzo”

October 19, 2016

Anything Goes

by Matthew Steeples

RM Sotheby’s to auction 800 cars, motorcycles, boats and bicycles alongside automobilia in Milan   Between 25th and 27th of November, RM Sotheby’s will hold what they call their ‘Duemila Ruote’ sale at Fiera Milano, Milan. Over 800 lots will be offered as part of an auction that will be the “largest, automotive-themed private collection … Continue reading “Anything Goes”

October 17, 2016

Anything But Ordinary

by Matthew Steeples

A property named ‘2431 Riviera Drive’ sounds ordinary but its setting is anything but that – and it has a price tag to match   ‘2431 Riviera Drive’ isn’t the most fetching name for a house but in Irvine Cove, Laguna Beach, California just such a property is for sale. It comes with an especially … Continue reading “Anything But Ordinary”

October 15, 2016

A Moonlighting Mansion

by Matthew Steeples

One of Lancashire’s most striking houses is for sale; it was once home to ‘Mr Moonlight’ singer Frankie Vaughan   Easy listening singer Frankie Vaughan CBE, DL (1928 – 1999) spent two summers at Halton Green House, near Lancaster in the 1950s so that he could fish on the nearby River Lune. The striking symmetrical … Continue reading “A Moonlighting Mansion”

October 14, 2016

Churchill’s Last Billet

by Matthew Steeples

Last home of Sir Winston Churchill for sale for £22.9 million   For twenty years from 1945 until his death in 1965, Hyde Park Gate in Kensington was home to Sir Winston Churchill. 27 Hyde Park Gate, served as his office and now his former mid-19th century, yellow brick with slate roof residence, next door … Continue reading “Churchill’s Last Billet”

October 13, 2016

An Angular Aston

by Matthew Steeples

Rare 1989 Aston Martin Volante Zagato offered for sale   Aston Martin have produced many a stunning cars over the years but one that is sheer Marmite is the Volante Zagato. A worldwide total of just thirty-sven were produced and now one is for sale for £350,000 ($426,000 or €387,000).   A 1989 example in … Continue reading “An Angular Aston”

October 12, 2016

The Best on The Beach

by Matthew Steeples

“The ultimate beach houses for 21st century living” for sale   Many dream of living by the sea and waking up to the lap of the waves and now, on Margate’s seafront, a row of eleven newly completed contemporary beach houses offer buyers a truly perfect opportunity to buy a permanent or holiday home.   … Continue reading “The Best on The Beach”

October 11, 2016

A Winning Barber

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples visits Chelsea barber Hak Tevfik of Haks Oscar   Chelsea’s World’s End used to be the haunt of the likes of the gangster and alleged lover of the late Princess Margaret, John Bindon. Now, in an age when the cast of an E4 reality show hang out at Bluebird, it’s an altogether different … Continue reading “A Winning Barber”

Di’s Drive

by Matthew Steeples

Audi formerly owned by the late Princess of Wales (and later by LBC broadcaster Iain Dale) to be auctioned   The late Princess of Wales ceased to have to use Royal Household limousines in 1992 and after that she broke free and eventually chose an Audi 2.3-litre cabriolet as her personal car. That car is … Continue reading “Di’s Drive”

October 7, 2016

Religious Pigeons

by Matthew Steeples

Grade II* listed North Yorkshire hall for sale; it comes with a converted chapel and a converted pigeon loft   £925,000 ($1.14 million or €1.03 million) will barely buy a broom cupboard in Kensington and Chelsea, but for the same sum a 3,893 square foot Grade II* listed medieval hall in the Yorkshire Dales National … Continue reading “Religious Pigeons”

A Turtle and A Toad

by Matthew Steeples

The most impressive items at PAD in Berkeley Square come in the form of items inspired by a turtle and a toad   PAD in Berkeley Square, Mayfair – a well curated fair showcasing 20th century art, design and decorative arts – is open until Sunday 9th October. At the fair, the two highlights we … Continue reading “A Turtle and A Toad”

October 3, 2016

Bring your own seats

by Matthew Steeples

Seatless 1962 Rolls-Royce for sale for £420,000   For £420,000 ($539,000 or €481,000) one would expect a car to come with a seat but a 1962 Rolls-Royce currently offered by Vintage & Prestige Fine Motor Cars currently has nothing but a wire framework.   The 1962 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II H. J. Mulliner drophead coupé … Continue reading “Bring your own seats”

October 2, 2016

The Last Wraith

by Matthew Steeples

Final Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith to be auctioned   The final Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith to be delivered to a customer will be sold at RM Sotheby’s Hershey sale on 6th October.   Offered with an estimate of £123,000 to £147,000 ($160,000 to $190,000 or €142,000 to €169,000), the 4.9-litre 1958 Silver Wraith limousine by H. J. … Continue reading “The Last Wraith”

September 30, 2016

Training a B&B

by Matthew Steeples

Converted railway station at Petworth, West Sussex complete with carriages used as B&B accommodation for sale   Perfectly situated for providing accommodation for those visiting Goodwood for horse racing and motorsports, The Old Railway Station at Petworth is a B&B with a difference in that many of its rooms are in converted railway carriages. It … Continue reading “Training a B&B”

September 29, 2016

The No. 1 Showoff

by Matthew Steeples

The most vulgar numberplate in Britain arrives in SW3   Yesterday, in Walton Street, a Rolls-Royce parked opposite Scalini restaurant. There was nothing unusual about that but it’s point of difference was its numberplate.   The owner of the car had chosen ‘SH10W OF’ and in doing so simply illustrated his or herself for what … Continue reading “The No. 1 Showoff”

September 27, 2016

A Purist Porsche

by Matthew Steeples

First 2016 Porsche 911 R to come to auction; it’s offered with a surprisingly reasonable estimate given the recent frenzy over Porsches   In the wake of the success of 1990s Porsches at RM Sotheby’s Battersea sale earlier this month – where a 1995 Porsche 911 GT2 sold for £1 million (€1.2 million or $1.3 … Continue reading “A Purist Porsche”

September 25, 2016

Living like Clooney

by Matthew Steeples

Stunning villa on Lake Como for sale – Perfect for anyone who wants to live like George Cloone   In London, £1,168 per square foot simply won’t buy you anything – Chelsea averages around £3,000 per square foot – but on Lake Como, you could live like George Clooney if you were to buy a … Continue reading “Living like Clooney”

September 23, 2016

Reader Offer – The Boisdale Music Awards 2016

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times invites readers to The Boisdale Music Awards 2016   On Thursday 29th September, Jools Holland will host Boisdale of Canary Wharf’s 2016 Music Awards in association with Champagne Tattinger and Small Luxury Hotels.   Amongst nominees are Clare Teal, Joe Stilgoe, Mica Paris, Berverley Knight, Chas & Dave and Lisa Stansfield and … Continue reading “Reader Offer – The Boisdale Music Awards 2016”

September 22, 2016

Reducing a view

by Matthew Steeples

Cheyne Walk residence for sale for £4 million less than it was previously marketed for   A Chelsea house that has variously been home to Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, the actor Sir Rex Harrison and the author and Member of Parliament Ken Follett has been launched to the market at the price of £17,950,000 – … Continue reading “Reducing a view”

September 18, 2016

Topping a sale

by Matthew Steeples

Highest penthouse in western hemisphere sells for £67.5 million   On Friday, the property news site 6sqft reported that a Saudi billionaire had just paid £67.5 million ($87.7 million or €78.6 million) for a New York penthouse at 432 Park Avenue that is currently the highest of any in the western hemisphere.   According to … Continue reading “Topping a sale”

September 17, 2016

Uniquely Awful

by Matthew Steeples

Convicted fraudster Sheel Khemka’s sister Shalini Khemka sends out a desperate email in an attempt to flog his former country pad, ‘The Wanker’s Tower’   The Khemka family don’t do things quietly. Dame Asha, the mother of convicted fraudster Sheel, likes to brag about her ‘friendships’ with David Cameron and Tony Blair and now her … Continue reading “Uniquely Awful”

September 16, 2016

A Royal Range Rover

by Matthew Steeples

Range Rover that transported Prince George on his first journey sells in a charity auction   Used by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as their personal vehicle, a Range Rover Vogue SE that collected the newborn Prince George from St Mary’s hospital sold yesterday in a charity auction for £80,000 – £20,000 less than … Continue reading “A Royal Range Rover”

September 11, 2016

Raising Walton Street

by Matthew Steeples

Six storey Chelsea house for sale for 268% more than it sold for in 2007   Last sold for a total of £5,025,000 million ($6,668,000 or €5,936,000) in 2007, 37–39 Walton Street in Chelsea was formed by the merger of two townhouses that has created an 6,294 square foot home complete with the addition of … Continue reading “Raising Walton Street”

September 9, 2016

The Power of a Porsche

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests 1990s cars in general and Porsches in particular prove the car market is still anything but over   Early September is car auction season in London and though I predicted the heady prices of previous years to somewhat level off post-Brexit, the market proved me utterly wrong.   At RM Sotheby’s Battersea … Continue reading “The Power of a Porsche”

September 5, 2016

Hustling a Hustler

by Matthew Steeples

RM Sotheby’s to sell an eccentric wooden Hustler ‘car’ at their Battersea sale   This Wednesday in London’s Battersea Park, RM Sotheby’s will sell a plethora of stunning cars and amongst them will be a six wheel, fibre glass 1983 Hustler 6 clad in wood.   Offered with an estimate of £20,000 to £30,000 ($26,600 … Continue reading “Hustling a Hustler”

August 26, 2016

One for Mum and one for Dad

by Matthew Steeples

The perfect gift for your parents – A pair of Mercedes-Benz cars with plates for mum and dad   A 1985 Mercedes-Benz 380SL would typically set you back around £15,000 whilst a 1988 420SL could cost you anything upto £65,000. Now, for the extraordinary figure of £250,000, someone devoted to their parents could get both … Continue reading “One for Mum and one for Dad”

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