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Luxury and the arts

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

April 17, 2017

Checkmate

by Matthew Steeples

Former Lancashire farmhouse for sale for £1.69 million complete with giant chessboard   Until recently used as a holiday cottage rental, Low House at Eskrigge in Lancashire is described by selling agents Matthews Benjamin as “a joy to behold”.     Dating to the late 17th century and originally a farmhouse and barn, this 4,490 … Continue reading “Checkmate”

April 16, 2017

A Federal Find

by Matthew Steeples

Federal-style New York townhouse for sale for £3.982 million; the West Village was previously the Home of the Sons and Daughters of Israel   A 2,212 square foot townhouse dating to 1833 on sale in New York comes with quite a history. Built in the Federal-style by a cartman named John C. Blauvelt, the property … Continue reading “A Federal Find”

April 15, 2017

Witchfinders and Watermills

by Matthew Steeples

Picturesque watermill used in ‘The Witchfinder General’ and ‘Dad’s Army’ for sale   Witches and water don’t have an affinity – with dunking being a common form of punishment for suspects in the 16th and 17th centuries – and at The Watermill on the River Black Bourn at Ixworth in Suffolk, just such activity occurred … Continue reading “Witchfinders and Watermills”

April 13, 2017

An MP’s Manor

by Matthew Steeples

Norfolk manor house owned by anti-Brexit Conservative politician Lord Prior of Brampton for sale for £3 million   David Prior – now The Rt. Hon. The Lord Prior of Brampton – undoubtedly was a decent and able Member of Parliament. Educated at Charterhouse and Cambridge, he became first an investment banker with Lehman Brothers and … Continue reading “An MP’s Manor”

Balancing Bedrooms

by Matthew Steeples

Converted Hampshire coach house for sale; it extends to 6,222 square foot but has just two bedrooms   A 6,222 square foot Hampshire coach house that was converted to a residential dwelling in 1987 is for sale for £2.5 million ($3.1 million, €2.9 million or درهم11.4 million).   Hildon House at Broughton is Grade II … Continue reading “Balancing Bedrooms”

April 10, 2017

Taking the Tito

by Matthew Steeples

Ex-Marshal Tito Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman Landaulet for sale for staggering sum 1,598% higher than similar examples owned by other dictators   “Benevolent communist dictator” Marshal Josip Tito, 1st President of Yugoslavia (1892 – 1980) had use of a Boeing 727 plane, a private train and a 55-foot yacht but now the 1971 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman … Continue reading “Taking the Tito”

81 Miles From New

by Matthew Steeples

1996 Mercedes-Benz SL500 that has been driven just 81 miles and stored in a Knightsbridge garage since new to be auctioned for 1,000% more than a normal example of its age   A Mercedes-Benz with a difference is to be auctioned on its twenty-first birthday on 12th April. The car to be offered is an … Continue reading “81 Miles From New”

April 9, 2017

Living Eyre

by Matthew Steeples

“Gentleman’s manor house” that inspired Charlotte Brontë’s Thornfield Hall in ‘Jane Eyre’ available to rent for just £14,400 per year; alternatively you could take a tiny studio in SW3 for the same sum   Described by Charlotte Brontë (1775 – 1817) as being “three storeys high; a gentleman’s manor house; battlements round the top gave … Continue reading “Living Eyre”

April 6, 2017

A Roué’s Ride

by Matthew Steeples

1965 Mercedes-Benz 300SE cabriolet previously owned by the “right wing nut” Alan Clark for sale; he famously bedded a judge’s wife and both of her daughters   After failing to sell at Auctions America’s Fort Lauderdale, Florida sale on April Fool’s Day, a right-hand drive 1965 Mercedes-Benz 300SE cabriolet owned for eleven years by quite … Continue reading “A Roué’s Ride”