OPULENCE & SPLENDOUR - Luxury and the arts

28
Jul
2015
Beaten by Bloomberg – 4 Cheyne Walk, London, SW3 5QZ

Beaten by Bloomberg

Michael Bloomberg offers £2 million above the £15 million asking price to see off three other bidders and buys George Eliot’s house by the River Thames

22
Jul
2015
Video of the Week: Spectre trailer – James Bond – UK release 26th October 2015; USA and Australia release 6th November 2015

Video of the Week: Spectre trailer

Trailer of forthcoming Bond film ‘Spectre’ released

21
Jul
2015
The house formerly known as Prince – Spanish villa formerly owned by the singer-songwriter Prince for sale

The house formerly known as Prince

Despite a Málaga villa built by the musician Prince remaining on the market a year after it was put up for sale, bizarrely its asking price has been increased by £1 million

21
Jul
2015
Upping the arts – Christie’s Christie’s report staggering half-year sales of £2.9 billion, July 2015

Upping the arts

International auction house Christie’s report staggering half-year sales of £2.9 billion

21
Jul
2015
Powering a windmill –Treales Windmill, 5 Treales Road, Lytham, Lancashire PR4 3SR

Powering a windmill

Psychedelic Austin Powers-style windmill conversion – next to a pylon – for sale in Lancashire

20
Jul
2015
The #1 Batmobile

The #1 Batmobile

First Batmobile for sale for £3.2 million

19
Jul
2015
An dazzling manor – Wolterton Manor, Wolterton Manor House, East Barsham Manor, East Barsham Manor, East Barhsam, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom, NR21 0LH – £3.95 million

A dazzling manor

One of Norfolk’s most historic houses for sale for a staggering £3.95 million just a year after it was last sold for £2.75 million

19
Jul
2015
A favourite with thieves – Favourite Hound by Juliet Cursham

A favourite with thieves

£4,750 sculpture stolen from Belgravia’s The Osborne Studio Gallery

13
Jul
2015
Blackadder’s lair

Blackadder’s lair

Rowan Atkinson puts his Oxfordshire home on the market for £2.9 million after selling his McClaren F1 – bought for £540,000 in 1997 – for a staggering £8 million

10
Jul
2015
A Spitfire soars - Thomas Kaplan Vickers Supermarine Spitfire Mark 1A – P9374/G-MK1A World War II British fighter aircraft sells for charity for £3.1 million at Christie's in London, 9th July 2015

A Spitfire soars

Spitfire smashes £1.5 million pre-sale estimate and soars to sell for £3.1 million for charity in London

09
Jul
2015
Anything but Australian - One-off 1972 Maserati Boomerang heads to auction for just under £3 million

Anything but Australian

One-off Maserati Boomerang heads to auction for just under £3 million

08
Jul
2015
A luxury estate - 1997 Aston Martin V8 ‘Sportsman’ shooting brake

A luxury estate

Unusual Aston Martin estate car owned by Richemont director Alain Dominique Perrin heads to auction

04
Jul
2015
Beware of the bitches; bitches beware - Sod the bitches! by Steven Berkoff (© Aliona Adrianova)

Beware of the bitches; bitches beware

Matthew Steeples reviews Steven Berkoff’s first novel: ‘Sod the bitches!’ whilst the author shares his take on it in a video exclusive

03
Jul
2015
La Traviata by Verdi is to be performed at Winslow Hall - the home of The Hon. Christopher Gilmour and his wife Mardi - this July

Reader offer: La Traviata at Winslow Hall

Winslow Hall in Buckinghamshire to host fourth annual opera production between 8th and 19th July 2015

03
Jul
2015
The W***er’s Tower - The Round Tower, Siddington, South Cerney, Cirencester, Glouestershire, GL7 6RH – Sheel Khemka, Lofli, HMRC, Dame Asha Khemka

The W***er’s Tower

Unfortunately nicknamed Gloucestershire residence hits the market a year after Old Harrovian Sheel Khemka’s first trial

01
Jul
2015
Frederick D. Hill and Daisy Hill Sanders

Frederick D. Hill and Daisy Hill Sanders: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

‘The Steeple Times’ asks father and daughter art dealing duo Frederick D. Hill and Daisy Hill Sanders: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

30
Jun
2015
Bring your own bidet - 2 – 8a Rutland Gate, London, London, SW7 1AY

Bring your own bidet

Most expensive house to be publicly offered for sale in the UK to be stripped of everything including the kitchen sink

28
Jun
2015
A disadvantage and a curse - Wood End Farm, Marsett Lane, Countersett, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 3DE

A disadvantage and a curse

A £1.5 million, 302-acre North Yorkshire farm that is for sale for the first time in 131 years provides evidence of the sorry plight of hill farmers in Britain

27
Jun
2015
Your lease is up - 2 Lennox Gardens, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 0DG

Your lease is up

Unmodernised Knightsbridge flat for sale for the equivalent of a staggering £1,500 per day

25
Jun
2015
Highlights of Masterpiece 2015

Five of the Best: Highlights of Masterpiece

Spectacular items, art and objects at Masterpiece 2015

24
Jun
2015
Gone With the Mill - Vivien Leigh - Tickerage Mill Estate, Tickerage Lane, Blackboys, East Sussex, United Kingdom, TN22 5LU

Gone With the Mill

Vivien Leigh’s retreat and final resting place for sale for £3.25 million

21
Jun
2015
A paedophile’s palace - Home of Stuart Hall and his wife Hazel Hall - Quinta, Prestbury Road, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 2LJ

A paedophile’s palace

Asking price of the Wilmslow home where paedophile Stuart Hall abused at least one of his victims slashed to £995,000

21
Jun
2015
Sporting potential – Lowbridge House Estate, Selside, Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 9LE

Sporting potential

1,900 acre Cumbrian estate on the open market for the first time since 1761

20
Jun
2015
A roofless repo - The Lilymere Estate, Killington, near Sedbergh, Cumbria, United Kingdom, LA10 5ET

A roofless repo

£3 million sought for a repossessed, roofless shell set in 1,530 acres of Cumbrian countryside

18
Jun
2015
A £17 million fixer-upper - 30 Phillimore Gardens, London, W8 7QE

A £17 million fixer-upper

A £17 million Kensington house that is being marketed as one that “may now benefit from a refurbishment” provides a reflection of how ludicrous London’s property market now truly is

15
Jun
2015
The art of selling - The Penthouse, The Mellier, 26 Albermarle Street, London, W1S 4HY

The art of selling

A £30 million Mayfair apartment for an art lover that is being marketed by way of an extraordinarily detailed 69-page sales brochure

07
Jun
2015
The king of rentals - 39th floor, The Pierre Hotel, 2 East 61st Street, New York, United States of America - Most expensive rental - £327,000 per month

The king of rentals

A 39th floor apartment in The Pierre Hotel in New York becomes the city’s priciest rental at a staggering £327,000 per month

06
Jun
2015
A royal smuggler - 1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost shooting brake

A royal smuggler

Rolls-Royce allegedly used to smuggle Wallis Simpson into Balmoral for sale

06
Jun
2015
Britain's most expensive hut? Peasecroft, Silver Bank, Coniston, Cumbria, LA21 8HW

Britain’s most expensive hut?

Tiny converted hut in the Lake District placed on the market for the same price as a flat in Kensington, London

05
Jun
2015
The Writers’ Block - 24 Carlyle Mansions, Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London, SW3 5LS - Former home of Ian Fleming, current home of Sol Campbell and Fiona Barratt-Campbell

The Writers’ Block

Former home of Ian Fleming that is currently owned by Sol Campbell for sale for £6.75 million

05
Jun
2015
A three grand Bentley - 1978 Bentley T2 for sale for just £3,000 to £4,000 - Owned by His Excellency Hatim Sharif Zu'Bi Hon., G.B.E. since 1983

A three grand Bentley

Buy an “increasingly collectible” Bentley for just £3,000

04
Jun
2015
Zobop by Jim Lambie

Picture of the Week: Zobop

The Royal Academy surpasses themselves in the choice of including a stunning staircase as part of their Summer Exhibition 2015

03
Jun
2015
Calvin Klein waterfront residence - 4452 North Bay Road, Miami Beach, Florida, FL 33140, United States of America

If you’re bored of Miami Beach…

Calvin Klein is bored of living in the “resort” of Miami Beach and has placed his £10.4 million home on the market

30
May
2015
Far from moderation - 2936 Ocean Front, Del Mar, California, CA 92014, United States of America - Home of diet guru Jenny Craig

Far from moderation

American diet guru Jenny Craig’s ocean side residence remains on the market for £25.9 million after one year for sale – it is anything but a symbol of moderation

28
May
2015
A fruity price - Minute 1-bedroom Knightsbridge mews house comes to the market for an astounding £3.75 million

A fruity price

Minute 1-bedroom Knightsbridge mews house comes to the market for an astounding £3.75 million

27
May
2015
Scandal - Mulberry House, Smith Square, Westminster, London, SW1P 3HL; scene of ménage à trois between Henry Mond, 2nd Baron Melchett, Gwen Wilson, Lady Melchett and Gilbert Cannan

Scandal

A £25 million Westminster house that was the scene of all things scandalous

25
May
2015
A feudal manor - Chettle House, Chettle, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 8DB

A feudal manor

Dorset mansion built by Bastards that has been the setting of a bitter familial feud for sale for the first time since 1846

21
May
2015
Five of the Best: Rambling ruins - British mansions that require new owners with bottomless pockets

Five of the Best: Rambling ruins

Five British mansions that require new owners with bottomless pockets for sale at prices from £950,000 to over £10 million

18
May
2015
Greeks and Aristos on Sloane Square - A £7.975 million apartment above Colbert on Sloane Square provides indication of the playground for the international super-rich that Chelsea has become

Greeks and Aristos on Sloane Square

A £7.975 million apartment above Colbert on Sloane Square provides indication of the playground for the international super-rich that Chelsea has become

16
May
2015
Anything but small - The Fountains, 39 The Bishops Avenue, London, United Kingdom, N2 0BN

Anything but small

A £15 million mansion on The Bishops Avenue that is anything but small

10
May
2015
Wyman’s Majesty - Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman sends his 1971 Citroën Maserati SM to auction with a guide price of just £35,000 to £40,000

Wyman’s Majesty

Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman sends his 1971 Citroën Maserati SM to auction with a guide price of just £35,000 to £40,000

04
May
2015
Parties, people and politics - The One Sutton Place, New York setting for parties, people and politics that was once home to the socialite and representative to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights Marietta Peabody Tree is back on the market for £6.6 million.

Parties, people and politics

The One Sutton Place South, New York setting for parties, people and politics that was once home to the socialite and representative to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights Marietta Peabody Tree is back on the market for £6.6 million

03
May
2015
Taking the Dennis - £10 million home of the late publisher Felix Dennis for sale – including a £5 million leisure complex for just £2.45 million - Dorsington Estate, Dorsington, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire and Worcestershire

Taking the Dennis

£10 million home of the eccentric late publisher Felix Dennis for sale – including a leisure complex that cost £5 million to build but that is for sale for just £2.45 million

29
Apr
2015
Ranching large

Ranching large

Largest contiguous ranch in America for sale for £473 million

28
Apr
2015
Finding Islam - Grove House, 100 High Street, Hampton, Greater London, TW12 2ST

Finding Islam

Grade II* listed house for sale for £5.75 million complete with half an acre of gardens and a private mosque

26
Apr
2015
Watering the asylum - The Landmark Tower, Repton Park

Watering the asylum

A bizarre, eight-floor converted water tower in the middle of an ugly redevelopment of an Essex lunatic asylum remains on the market despite a price cut of £200,000

25
Apr
2015
The Charge of the Cheque Book - The Charge of the Light Brigade - Woodlands Vale House, Calthorpe Road, Ryde, Isle of Wight, PO33

The Charge of the Cheque Book

Vast Victorian Isle of Wight mansion connected to The Charge of the Light Brigade for sale – Only those with large cheque books need apply

25
Apr
2015
Live like Eloise - Condo suite apartment on offer for sale through RLTYNYC for £2.6 million ($3.95 million)

Live like Eloise

Suite at New York hotel The Plaza available for £2.6 million – the catch: you can only use it 120 days per year

23
Apr
2015
Olympia by John Stoddart

Olympia by John Stoddart

John Stoddart to exhibit at Whitstable’s The Fishslab Gallery

17
Apr
2015
Chavín Jewellery

Reader offer: An evening with Chavín Jewellery

La Brasserie to host an evening trunk show and cocktails with Chavín Jewellery on Monday 20th April

15
Apr
2015
Fiat 500K Giardiniera micro-estate for sale for £19,000

A pickled estate

Fiat 500K Giardiniera micro-estate for sale for £19,000

13
Apr
2015
1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn once owned by Dr John Bokdin Adams

Killing a Rolls

1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn left to “sausage fingered” glutton and suspected serial killer Doctor John Bodkin Adams for sale for £65,000

05
Apr
2015
Bunking down - The Glass House, Kemnal Road, Chislehurst, South East London, BR7 6LY

Bunking down

Converted Cold War nuclear bunker on the edge of London for sale for £3.5 million

05
Apr
2015
17 Lincoln Street, London, SW3 2TP - Home of Sir Christopher and Lady Meyer

Meyer moves

Sir Christopher and Lady Meyer put their Chelsea townhouse up for sale for £2.3 million more than was asked when they bought it in 2013 – The catch? It’s next door to a kebab shop

03
Apr
2015
The simple life - Villa Maria, 55 Halsey Lane, Water Mill, NY, USA, 11976

The simple life

The 22,000 square foot Long Island home of the iconic women’s footwear designer Vince Camuto returns to the market at a price of £57.3 million

29
Mar
2015
Mount Vernon The real Southfork

Mount Vernon: The real Southfork

Dallas mansion with a prayer room and the largest private bowling centre in America that was previously owned by a billionaire oil baron remains for sale despite a price cut of £7 million

23
Mar
2015
The Court House and 13 Justice Walk are for sale for £14.5 million

Doing Justice

An 18th century former court house in Chelsea is for sale for £14.5 million or available to rent at £10,000 per week

20
Mar
2015
A catch in Knightsbridge

A catch in Knightsbridge

Knightsbridge flat for sale for just £250,000 (but there’s a catch)

17
Mar
2015
Fire up the Quattro

Fire up the Quattro

An Audi Quattro heads to auction with a staggering guide price of £220,000 to £280,000 and confirms the car firmly out of the reach of being afforded by police detectives

14
Mar
2015
Homes for holidays

Five of the best: Homes for holidays

The Steeple Times chooses five houses that would be ideal as holiday homes

14
Mar
2015
A cannibal’s car

A cannibal’s car

Dictator and alleged cannibal Bokassa I of Central Africa’s Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman for sale for £225,000

13
Mar
2015
Petra Stunt with her husband James Stunt

Poor Petra

Petra Stunt’s company posts losses of £4.44 million

10
Mar
2015
A curate’s egg

A curate’s egg

£7.25 million Church House in Knightsbridge cannot be described as anything other than “a hotchpotch”

08
Mar
2015
Lennox Gardens Mews

Making a mews

Lennox Gardens Mews house for sale for £5.8 million

08
Mar
2015
Woodside

Flooding Woodside

£46.4 million Woodside estate remains for sale despite £10.1 million price cut

05
Mar
2015
Delisted Hadley Lodge

Delisted

A £7.9 million Hertfordshire mansion that isn’t quite what it seems

02
Mar
2015
Achara Estate

Kidnapped from Knightsbridge

200 acre Scottish estate for sale for the price of an 800 square foot flat in Knightsbridge

24
Feb
2015
Dawn Ward

A new Dawn

‘The Real Housewives of Cheshire’s’ Dawn Ward attempts to sell her tastelessly decorated “Footballers’ Wives-style” home for £12 million

22
Feb
2015
McLaren 650S Spider

Messing up a McLaren

McLaren 650S Spider totaled in accident in Belgravia’s Eaton Square

18
Feb
2015
Noel Coward

I’ll See You Again

Artwork collection formerly owned by Sir Noël Coward heads to auction

17
Feb
2015
Louis XIV meets Fred and Ginger

Louis XIV meets Fred and Ginger

The late Joan Rivers’ Manhattan penthouse goes on sale for £18,200,000

15
Feb
2015
Breda

Bitter Breda

Donside laird puts Scottish estate on the market after suffering a “catalogue of abuse”

03
Feb
2015
Bristol Cars

The Hollywood Special: Bristol Cars – Back on track

Bristol Cars market a stunning 402 ‘Hollywood Special’ just as they prepare to move into a new showroom and launch their first new model since 2003

24
Jan
2015
Rowan Atkinson McLaren F1 one not so careful owner

One not so careful owner

Rowan Atkinson puts his infamous, twice crashed McLaren F1 up for sale for the staggering price of £8 million

15
Jan
2015
Cairness House

Cairness House – A Masonic mansion

Cairness House, “Scotland’s most important Greek Revival house”, heads into its fourth year on the market

11
Jan
2015
Plated X

Plated X

Plated X: 15 more of the best plates spotted by readers of ‘The Steeple Times’

09
Jan
2015
Taking The Talisman FI

Taking The Talisman

Lateral penthouse available to rent in conversion of former Art Deco garage in Fulham for the staggering sum of £6,500 per week

09
Jan
2015
The last hurrah

The last hurrah

Land Rover marks the end of an era with a series of special farewell edition Defender models

03
Jan
2015
Seafair

Seafair – The Hurricane Hut

The last great Newport ‘cottage’ heads into its second year on the market

02
Jan
2015
Ferrari boat Venice

Picture of the Week: The only car in Venice

A wooden Ferrari is the only car allowed in Venice   Weighing 2,000 pounds, a wooden model of a Ferrari F50 is the only “car” allowed in Venice.

24
Dec
2014
cash

Squaring the cash

Buy an Eaton Square flat for the equivalent of £146 per day – and get the bonus of living next door to James Stunt

22
Dec
2014
Royal Opera House

A shoe in at the Royal Opera House

Royal Opera House issues appeal to pay for ballet footwear despite paying CEO over £250,000 per year

17
Dec
2014
Haremere Hall mansion

Disputing a mansion

Haremere Hall is an East Sussex mansion requiring renovation that has been the subject of a rather bitter familial dispute

03
Dec
2014
Bentley Grand Convertible

A boat-like Bentley

Bentley unveil their new Grand Convertible   British carmakers Bentley have taken their flagship Mulsanne model to another level in their adaptation of it into what they have named the ‘Bentley Grand Convertible’.

02
Dec
2014
hugh grant

Happening Hugh

Penthouse formerly owned by Hugh Grant for sale

30
Nov
2014
château

A château to go

An opportunity to buy a castle with a catch   Most of think nothing of ordering a pizza or burger “to go” but on the 12th December, those with a slightly larger budget and imagination will have the opportunity to “take out” something quite different: An entire French château.

27
Nov
2014
Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

Manor house where William Makepeace Thackery wrote ‘Vanity Fair’ for sale for £2.95 million

26
Nov
2014
mobile

Picture of the Week: Mastering the mobile

Contrasting new and old mobile technology   Most of our readers and contributors are the sort to delight in new mobile phones, yet a few of us still prefer the simplicity of the classics.

16
Nov
2014
jaws

A home for Jaws

A terraced cottage with a difference… It comes with its very own shark

12
Nov
2014
range rover

Supersize me

Two new luxury cars hit the roads: ‘The Steeple Times’ takes a look at the Mercedes-Benz Maybach S-Class and the Land Rover Range Rover Holland & Holland

11
Nov
2014
Palazzo di Amore

For the love of wine

Palazzo di Amore: The most expensive property currently on the market in America   Whilst a “top ten” list last week chronicled the world’s most expensive homes and placed a value of £1 billion on Buckingham Palace, a billionaire looking for somewhere to park their money could get a relative bargain if they were to buy the Palazzo di Amore in California. It has just come to the market with a price of £123 million ($195 million).

05
Nov
2014
petrolheads

Five of the Best: Homes for petrolheads

A selection of homes that automobile enthusiasts will adore

03
Nov
2014
solandge

Stunning Solandge

Our yachting correspondent Edward Kay takes a tour of the new mega-yacht Solandge during the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show

01
Nov
2014
koons

Tagging a Koons

Paul Johnson Calderon reflects on the implications of the ‘street artist’ Same tagging a Jeff Koons in New York

01
Nov
2014
cielo de bonaire

A maze-like mansion: Villa Cielo de Bonaire

Cielo de Bonaire: A vast £39 million villa that has failed to sell in three years that truly must have been built with a dictator or drug dealer in mind

30
Oct
2014
London apartments

Five of the Best: Super-prime London apartments

‘The Steeple Times’ chooses five of the best super-prime apartments currently on offer in Central London   Luxury apartments in London are ten a penny but few provide the truly spectacular space and facilities offered by the five that follow. Those on a budget need not apply.

24
Oct
2014
Tara and Nana FI

A network for Knightsbridge’s mums

Social network Knightsbridge Village celebrated its first anniversary with a party at Theo Fennell in London   On 7th October, Knightsbridge Village, an invitation only social network for the “discerning mothers of London’s most prestigious neighbourhoods”, celebrated their first anniversary at Theo Fennell in Fulham Road, South Kensington.

24
Oct
2014
Swinsty Hall FI2

Fortunes and footballers

Gareth Southgate markets his £3.25 million Grade I listed Yorkshire home   Footballers are not generally noted for living in tasteful homes so it is somewhat surprising to find that the former England player turned Middlesborough manager Gareth Southgate’s current home is a Grade I listed “Elizabethan style” hall on the banks of Swinsty Reservoir, nine miles west of Harrogate. He and his wife Alison have owned it since 2006 but have been trying to sell it since June 2013.

23
Oct
2014
A gate fit for a Queen FI

A gate fit for a Queen: The Queen Mother’s Gate

Basia Briggs recounts her role in the building of the Queen Mother’s Gate as a painting of it comes to the market   I was instrumental in fundraising for the Queen Mother’s Gate in 1993 and now with the sale of a painting of them by the British artist Beverley-Jane Stewart, I was reminded of what a mammoth and worthy task it was especially given I had no previous experience of organising such a feat.

18
Oct
2014
Daria Radionova with the car in Basil Street Knightsbridge FI

A crystal wheeler

Britain’s tackiest car, a crystal covered Mercedes, sells for just under £155,000   A previous Wally of the Week, Daria Radionova, might not be such a fool after all given that she has just sold her Swarovski crystal covered Mercedes CLS 350 for the astonishing figure of £154,600.