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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

May 17, 2012

Boxing an Aston

by Matthew Steeples

Lennox Lewis’ Aston Martin to be auctioned with a guide of just £15,000 to £20,000   If you have a spare £15,000 – £20,000, you could bid on a piece of sporting history this weekend at the The Aston Martin Works Service Sale at Newport Pagnell organised by Bonhams.   Lot 227 is an Aston … Continue reading “Boxing an Aston”

April 25, 2012

The greenest of Astons

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of an Aston Martin Virage Volante used by Prince Charles   A press release pinged into my inbox this morning from Bonhams that immediately caught my attention. It came from Leonora Oldfield of Bonhams, someone I hadn’t heard from since the days when we were both involved in fundraising for Lady Meyer’s PACT. … Continue reading “The greenest of Astons”

April 22, 2012

A Thunderbird that has yet to go

by Matthew Steeples

An iconic home that has periodically been for sale for some 7 years with hardly any variation in the price asked for it

April 18, 2012

Banking a showcase

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of The Hellman Heller Mansion in San Francisco   For several years, I enjoyed annual trips to California for San Francisco’s International Film Festival. On my visits I stayed in a tower in one of the smartest addresses, Pacific Heights. The area is home to the city’s elite, the most famous being the … Continue reading “Banking a showcase”

April 15, 2012

Blessed Clarence

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of the £22,500,000 Clarence House in Richmond   Built in 1696 for a haberdasher merchant named Nathaniel Rawlins, Clarence House in Richmond was subsequently extended by his daughter, Elizabeth, before it became a Catholic school in 1792.     One student at the various schools that were subsequently run from the house was … Continue reading “Blessed Clarence”

March 28, 2012

Is it worth the Fisk?

by Matthew Steeples

An overview on the pioneering Fisker Automotive company Electric vehicles have long interested me. A formidable engineer I knew was hugely sceptical of the early offerings but another friend, Nicko Williamson, has been a pioneer in green vehicles through his hugely successful Climate Cars taxi business. Williamson recently was named one of London’s “1,000 most … Continue reading “Is it worth the Fisk?”

Sophie’s choice

by Matthew Steeples

Tablecloths and bedspreads from Jaipur   It is always good to see a young friend launching a new business and Sophie Rossdale is a fine example of such.   During a trip to India, Rossdale discovered a team of artisans who made the most appealing tablecloths and bedspreads and set about importing them into the … Continue reading “Sophie’s choice”

October 13, 2011

Hurricane Heather

by Matthew Steeples

Heather Mills puts her Sussex home up for rent Has Heather Mills, the daughter of a convicted fraudster, spent her entire £24.3 million divorce settlement? We all knew that this lady with an interesting past was a spendaholic but the fact that she’s put her 8 bedroomed country home up for rent for £7,995 per … Continue reading “Hurricane Heather”