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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

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”

August 23, 2016

A house for Trump

by Matthew Steeples

Replica of the White House in Texas for sale for a record sum – it’d be the perfect plaything for ‘bored of the race for president’ Donald Trump   Last week, Michael Moore suggested Donald Trump doesn’t really want to end up in The White House. For the media loving mogul it’s all about ‘the … Continue reading “A house for Trump”

August 15, 2016

An unlucky mansion

by Matthew Steeples

Unlucky mansion in Yorkshire with 13 bedrooms for sale for a lower sum than it was marketed for in 2007 – despite having been renovated internally in the time since   Offered for sale for less than it was last marketed in a “dilapidated condition” in 2007, Whinburn Hall in the gritty West Yorkshire mill … Continue reading “An unlucky mansion”

August 11, 2016

Room to swing a cat

by Matthew Steeples

Tiny studio in London’s SW7 offered for sale for more than the average price calculated to buy enough space to swing a cat in that area   It costs £119,965 or £1,527 per square foot to buy enough room to swing a cat – calculated at 78.54 square foot by the homeless charity Shelter – … Continue reading “Room to swing a cat”

August 7, 2016

Forget flooding

by Matthew Steeples

Thameside boat house that will no longer suffer from flooding for sale for £3.75 million   A riverside home might be wonderful on a sunny summer’s day but when the water rises, they can be an absolute nightmare. The Boat House at Goring in Oxfordshire previously fell into that category, but thanks to a £200,000 … Continue reading “Forget flooding”

Moving a Metro

by Matthew Steeples

1990 MG Rover Metro with just 1,707 miles on the clock for sale for a pretty penny   Offered by East Lancashire Classics at their garage and on eBay also, a 1990 MG Rover Metro comes in “showroom fresh” condition and just 1,707 miles on the clock.     Described as “original and unmolested” and … Continue reading “Moving a Metro”

August 3, 2016

Locking up a constable

by Matthew Steeples

Midsomer Murders-esque cottage for sale – complete with something that would be most useful to Inspector Barnaby   Midsomer Murders was filmed primarily in the Home Counties. A cottage – which could easily have served as a location in the popular television detective series – next to Chorleywood Common in Hertfordshire that is for sale … Continue reading “Locking up a constable”

June 1, 2016

A beachside bargain

by Matthew Steeples

Weatherboarded beachside cottage in Whitstable, Kent offered for sale for a bargain sum

May 26, 2016

Famous!

by Matthew Steeples

Famous! By John Stoddart – A unique exhibition of silkscreen prints produced from Stoddart’s photographic portraits

May 25, 2016

The Thin House

by Matthew Steeples

Studio for sale in weirdest building in South Kensington

May 22, 2016

An XJS Celebration

by Matthew Steeples

Future classic Jaguar XJS Celebration convertible offered for sale

May 21, 2016

One family from new

by Matthew Steeples

Grade I listed house in Northern Ireland offered for sale for the first time since it was built in 1620

May 19, 2016

A Jubilee Gem

by Matthew Steeples

Classically proportioned, picture perfect Chelsea townhouse offered for £10.5 million

May 17, 2016

The House of Zonk

by Matthew Steeples

Lancashire property that previously was the home of a judge and a zonkey for sale

May 14, 2016

A farmhouse great and cheap

by Matthew Steeples

Grade II listed Yorkshire Dales farmhouse offered for sale for what (initially) seems a bargain sum

May 12, 2016

Parked

by Matthew Steeples

Knightsbridge garage offered for the same price as an 18th century house on Orkney

May 11, 2016

Fine tech

by Matthew Steeples

£6.4 million San Francisco house complete with an accessory perfect for any ‘tech boomer’

May 9, 2016

A rich man’s Fiat

by Matthew Steeples

Quirky Autobianchi Bianchina Transformabile to be auctioned

Tickets please

by Matthew Steeples

Converted former station in Yorkshire with holiday units created from train carriages for sale for £795,000

HIM and Hitler

by Matthew Steeples

Likeness of Hitler sells for £11.9 million in New York

May 6, 2016

A catch at Cornbury

by Matthew Steeples

Grade I listed 40,000 square foot Oxfordshire stately home on the market for just £3.6 million – but inevitably there’s a catch

May 4, 2016

Constantine’s Wagen

by Matthew Steeples

Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen originally owned by King Constantine II of Greece to be sold

May 3, 2016

Modern Millicent

by Matthew Steeples

Modern Georgian style country house for sale for £19.5 million – complete with bowling alley and ‘Indian room’ with LED ‘night sky’ ceiling

May 1, 2016

The ultimate iceberg home

by Matthew Steeples

House in The Boltons goes on the market for £27.5 million more than it was marketed for in 2012 complete with an extra four levels of accommodation

April 30, 2016

No regrets

by Matthew Steeples

Idyllic former home of Édith Piaf for sale for £3.5 million

April 29, 2016

The wicker car

by Matthew Steeples

Eccentric Fiat 850 Spiaggetta car with wicker interior to be auctioned

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