One of Britain’s finest Queen Anne residences comes to the market On the market for the first time in 600 years, Grade I listed Malmesbury House in Salisbury, Wiltshire has rightly been described as a “jewel box” of a house.
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Sarah Tucker visits Antarctica I was on the ship that didn’t get stuck in the ice at Christmas. In the wake of Prince Harry who trekked there and was airlifted back, I went via Patagonia and Buenos Aires (a phenomenal city where they genuinely dance in the streets and they miss their archbishop), to take myself and my son to see icebergs, penguins and whales for a white Christmas to outwhite all white Christmases.
1964 Bentley S3 Continental coupé to be auctioned by Bonhams The late Alan Whicker numbered amongst those to have owned a Bentley S3 Continental coupé and now a fine example is to be auctioned by Bonhams
A Land Rover formerly owned by the Queen comes to auction The Queen is a well-known lover of Land Rovers and is often seen driving them on her various estates. Now, with the forthcoming auction of 2002 Defender 110 TDS County that was previously used on her Sandringham estate at the Historics at Brooklands auction on 8th March, any ardent royalist has the opportunity to acquire one of her vehicles.
Sarah Tucker takes a trip to Venice I’ve just returned from the Londra Palace hotel in Venice (best hotel to stay there, forget what the guide books say). Central location and within walking distance of everything (which is good as in Venice you have to walk everywhere). You may get stampeded by raging Chinese tourists but apart from that, this hotel is superb.
50,000 square foot Utah mansion that would suit an exiled dictator or lottery lout Money and taste don’t necessarily go together and no more is this rule proven than in a $30 million (£18 million) Utah mansion
Claire Rubinstein attends a party but doesn’t strike gold The invite read: “Fashion Brands Viewing & Party At LFW – PRESS INVITE – must RSVP”. Surely, I thought, this must be something exclusive.
15 more of the best plates spotted by readers of ‘The Steeple Times’ Continuing our series, below we feature 15 more unusual, laughable and entertaining number plates
Rare Jaguar XJS Lynx Eventer comes to the market The Lynx Eventer, a conversion of a Jaguar XJS into a shooting brake, is said to be “highly regarded in pistonhead circles”. One of just 67 built has just come up for sale through KWE Jaguars.
Films to watch on a winter’s day With flooding battering Britain and snow in New York, now’s the time to stay indoors. What could be better than a film fest? Here, in no particular order, are five of my favourites
The life and legacy of Dr David Livingstone Dr David Livingstone is someone who most will remember from their school days. This Scottish explorer and missionary undoubtedly featured on your curriculum and with the publication of a new book on his life by a New Zealander named Paul Bayly, there is now opportunity to learn more about the man behind the legend.
Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian put their tacky Calabasas home on the market It’s often suggested that Scott Disick is a bit of style icon and though I’ve never watched the television show in which he stars alongside his partner Kourtney Kardashian, I’ve noticed this Californian’s choice of loafers and cars to generally be perfectly tasteful. With the sale of Disick’s home in Calabasas, Los Angeles, however, I must say I now would think twice before allowing him and his wife free reign on anywhere I lived. The 5,400 square foot property, which the agent describes as “East Coast traditional”, is far from conventionally decorated. Having been “dramatically reimagined by celebrity interior designer Jeff Andrews”, the the 5-bedroomed…
Boldly decorated New York apartment by Geoffrey Bradfield for sale If Kelly Hoppen saw this Upper West Side penthouse, she’d likely collapse in utter shock.
Rolls-Royce that belonged to the inventor Percy Shaw for sale Yorkshireman Percy Shaw OBE (1890 – 1976) was a true eccentric and even the configuration of his Rolls-Royce cars were far from conventional.
A replacement for Concorde emerges When it was announced that Concorde was to be scrapped, the ballet dancer Darcy Bussell lamented: “Why can it not be run at a loss? The National Ballet is”. Now, with the unveiling of plans for a jet that will fly between London and Sydney in just three hours, aviation enthusiasts finally have something to celebrate.
A Grade II* listed mansion for under £1.5 million In London, if you’re lucky £1.475 million will buy you a basement flat in the outer parts of Chelsea. In Cumbria, the same figure will get you a vast Grade II* mansion on the border with Scotland. It may be isolated to the minds of some, but frankly, could you acquire a better weekend party pad anywhere else in the UK for such a figure?
Bonhams’ The Gentleman’s Library Sale on 28th and 29th January features 907 unusual lots. Amongst our favourites are a chair that was adapted for the ‘Elephant Man’, Joseph Merrick, and two cigars that were collected by a nurse who cared for Sir Winston Churchill
Volkswagen launch car capable of doing 313 mpg Fuel efficient cars are generally ugly beasts. Our least favourite is undoubtedly the G-Wiz but in creating the XL1, Volkswagen have created something quite stunning.
Photographer John Stoddart exhibits at Audio Lounge Renowned photographer John Stoddart is exhibiting a selection of his works at Audio Lounge in Wigmore Street between 16th January and 7th February.
Former Harrods buyer offers tips on how to charity shop Don’t sniff your noses up at charity shops. They can be a goldmine for bargains and a source for designer goods at knockdown prices. Victoria and David Beckham donated their clothes to the British Red Cross store in Old Church Street last November and other regular donors include Lilly Allen, Michael Aspel, Elen Rives.
Bentley owned by Gregory Peck for 34 years goes to auction Gregory Peck loved his 1961 Bentley S2 Continental Flying Spur so much that he kept it for 34 years. The very same car is set to be auctioned on 17th January by RM Auctions.
Rolls-Royce and Bentley are prospering Yesterday’s financial press rightly hailed the success of two of Britain’s finest brands: Rolls-Royce and Bentley. Their results during 2013 were frankly astounding.
£3 million castle once owned by the Wedgewood family comes to the market Robin MacDonald, the current owner of Caverswall Castle in Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire is a man once described as “having it all”. He’s also a man who plainly attracts drama and with the sale of his castle, a new chapter looms for his Grade I listed, moated home.
A coastal estate complete with its own private cove comes to the market for £7.5 million Described by the selling agents as a “private coastal estate with fun as its mantra”, Redlap House near Dartmouth in Devon is situated in a 30-acre frost free valley that runs down to the sea.
A country seat with a prodigious history Historic Brereton Hall in Brereton, Cheshire is a fine Elizabethan country house but one that has been sadly separated from much of its original estate.
Katie Price tries to sell her pink Range Rover Katie Price is a woman known for not being particularly refined. With the sale of her pink Range Rover, a buyer of equally poor taste could acquire this hideous vehicle for £69,950.
A former rectory that truly is a classic English home Old rectories and vicarages are the things of novels: Jeffrey Archer lives in one near Cambridge that was previously the home of the poet Rupert Brooke and Joanna Trollope waxes lyrical about them regularly.
Duncan Bannatyne slices £100,000 off asking price of his former marital home Listed in June 2013 for £899,000 according to Zoopla and now reduced to £799,995, Duncan Bannatyne OBE’s troubles with selling his home near Middlesbrough were detailed in yesterday’s ‘City Diary’ in The Telegraph.
A £6 million mews house on the site of Henry VIII’s manor house Cheyne Walk in Chelsea has long been a favourite address of Russians, rock stars and royalty. Cheyne Mews, situated to the rear of it, is built on the site of King Henry VIII’s manor house and with the sale of a £5,950,000 mews house there, a purchaser has the opportunity to acquire what agents Chesterton Humberts describe as a “discreet country cottage in the heart of Chelsea”.
A houseboat in Chelsea for £795,000 Ratty, Mole, Mr. Badger and Mr. Toad in Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows lived by the belief that: “There is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats”. Whomever purchases the M.S. Mouette, a converted former passenger ferry moored on Chelsea’s Cadogan Pier, is likely to be someone who’ll also live by this mantra.
Charles Mitford Cust tells the tale of a Steiff bear with a fascinating past I was routing around in the family safe one rainy day recently when I spotted an unusual object hidden behind a pile of ancient documents right at the back, it turned out to be a near mint condition 1908 Steiff teddy bear which following some simple arithmetic I soon realised had been hiding there for over one hundred years.
My Travel tycoon puts Jersey mansion on the market for £19 million David Crossland is a fine example of a “Northern lad done good”. Starting out in the 1970s he turned two small travel agencies into a package tour empire and now with the sale of his Jersey mansion, one can see how truly successful this businessman’s career has been.
Hilary Devey slices £250,000 off asking price of her country residence Bolton born businesswoman and former Dragons’ Den star Hilary Devey CBE has slashed the price of her Staffordshire home from £2.2 million to just £1.95 million through agents Fisher German.
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‘Cotswold style’ mansion dramatically reduced in price after 14 years on the market Americans love all things British and they especially love to replicate our architecture. In the Northern Californian town of Hillsborough, a fine example is a 35,000 square foot mansion named The Tobin Clark Estate.
Christmas sale on 3rd December in Ladbroke Grove The delightful milliner Lady Laura Cathcart answered our twenty question interview in March and now readers of The Steeple Times have a chance to purchase hats from her current collection at a 30% discount for one day only.
Steven Berkoff’s ‘Greek’ at The Barons Court Theatre Running until Saturday 30th November, Greek by Steven Berkoff is performing nightly at The Barons Court Theatre within The Curtains Up public house.
Adair UK to participate in the British Red Cross London Christmas Fair On Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th November, one of The Steeple Times’ favourite homeware brands, Adair UK, are amongst 70 firms participating in the British Red Cross London Christmas Fair.
The late, great Alex Moulton’s car collection goes to auction The eccentric engineer Dr Alexander Moulton CBE (1920 – 2012) is best known for his innovative bicycles and the work he did with Sir Alexander Issigonis on the Austin Mini. A number of Dr Moulton’s personal vehicles will be auctioned by Bonhams on 9th December 2013
30 more of the best plates spotted by readers of ‘The Steeple Times’ Continuing our series, below we feature 30 more unusual, laughable and entertaining number plates
Britain’s most stunning bungalow available for £2.5 million Whilst Strutt & Parker have yet to achieve the £8 million asking price they seek for the Grade I listed Georgian mansion Mamhead House, buyers on a more limited budget can acquire a smaller property on the estate named The Orangery.
Prince Jefri’s former Long Island estate on the market again The purchaser of Prince Jefri of Brunei’s Long Island estate, Sunninghill, is plainly keen to offload it as it is currently for sale for £494,000 ($800,000) less than they paid for it. Perhaps its links to the somewhat colourful royal could be part of the reason.
Repossessed Somerset mansion goes to auction for just £250,000 It’s rare to find Grade I mansions in the hands of the receivers, but Halswell Park in Somerset is an exception to that rule. Now, Clive Emson auctioneers on behalf of Citi Private Banking, seek just £250,000 to £500,000 for the main house and £635,000 to £960,000 for the entire estate.
A Bentley turned into artwork celebrating British history goes to auction A Bentley turned into a piece of artwork celebrating British history by Paul Karslake FRSA comes to auction on the 30th November through Historics at Brooklands at Mercedes-Benz World in Weybridge, Surrey.
A house kitted out entirely in purple is surely the most tastelessly decorated home in Britain A 4-bedroomed semi detached house in Hillingdon, Middlesex is a not something we’d normally feature, but given its décor, it was an absolute must.
Conferro Auctions to sell Bollywood posters at The Westbury New auction house Conferro Auctions are to sell a collection of Bollywood film posters and LPs at The Westbury Hotel on the 29th November.
Solid silver model of a Vickers Fighter FB5 for sale A solid silver model of a Vickers FB5 military bi-plane – better known as “The Gunbus” – made in 1916 has come to the market through Trinity House for £32,000.
Repossessed mansion under offer for £6 million less than it was originally marketed for Formerly known as Markyate Cell and renamed Cell Park in 1984, a Grade II* listed Hertfordshire manor house which inspired the film The Wicked Lady has seen its asking price slashed to just £4.9 million. The repossessed property is now under offer for £4 million.
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Galerie Dumonteil’s ‘Splendor on the Riviera’ exhibition The opening of Galerie Dumonteil’s latest exhibition, Splendor on the Riviera, in New York was very much an Anglo-American affair.
Lady Weinberg puts the former Blakes taxi up for auction London’s first boutique hotel, Blakes in Roland Gardens, South Kensington, is best known for its unique design and as a favourite of the rich and famous. Now, a 1935 12/4 Austin taxi that was used by the hotel between between the 1970s and 1990s is to be sold at auction.
As Sir Bernard and Lady Docker’s Mayfair apartment comes to the market, parallels can be drawn with the removal of Charles Morgan from the board of his eponymous company Last month, just as an apartment that was formerly the home of Sir Bernard and Lady Docker comes to the market, parallels to the couple’s life can be drawn from events surrounding the removal of Charles Morgan from the board of the Morgan Motor Company.
The Steeple Times is delighted to support the London International Players in their 8th November 2013 performance at London’s Cadogan Hall. For tickets telephone +44 (0) 20 7730 4500 or to book online click here.
James Murphy reviews ‘Thor: The Dark World’ and ‘The Fifth Estate’ Thor: The Dark World and The Fifth Estate are two movies that do not seem ripe for comparison at first glance. Their genres – one based upon fact, one in fiction – antipathetic; their motivations disparate – one aims to entertain; the other to provoke and inform.
A coastal estate in a spectacular setting on the White Cliffs of Dover Known as The South Foreland Estate, an 11.5-acre parcel of land overlooking the English Channel at The Front, St Margaret’s Bay in Kent includes a main house, three further residences and a decommissioned lighthouse that was used in a film starring Oliver Reed.
A door from a cabinet in Eva Braun’s room in Hitler’s Berlin bunker surfaces on ebay Nazi memorabilia can command high prices amongst the strange sorts who still idolise Hitler and his lot, but even by these standards the £50,950 set for a door from a cabinet owned by Eva Braun seems quite ridiculous.
A whimsical bird cane that would make the perfect gift from Jeremy Clarkson to Piers Morgan Geoffrey Breeze is an antique cane specialist. Based in Bath, this dealer regularly sells the most unusual items and we were especially impressed by a whimsical bird cane that he currently has on offer.
Robert Pattinson sells his Los Feliz Hills home Given the fortune he made from Twilight and Harry Potter, actor Robert Pattinson’s starter home was never going to be basic. London born Pattinson, whose uncle was chairman of Coys of Kensington, bought 2666 Aberdeen Avenue from retired basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for £3.9 million ($6.275 million) in September. He lived there with his on-off actress girlfriend Kristin Stewart.
Theo Osborne explores Burma for The Steeple Times Today, our new contributor Theo Osborne introduces his firm, the Parnassus Travel Group, before taking readers deep into to Burma.
Cheyne Walk house where Whistler painted his mistress Joanna Hiffernan for rent for £2,500 per week The American born artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler lived at No. 101 Cheyne Walk in Chelsea between 1863 and 1866. It was here that he painted his nocturnes series and also Symphony in White, No. 2: The Little White Girl featuring his mistress, muse and business manager, Joanna Hiffernan. The house, which was sold in May 2013 after being marketed at a price of £5 million, has recently been redecorated and is now available to rent.
17th century Oswaldkirk Hall for sale for £4 million Described by Candida Lycett Green as “a fine and architecturally distinguished house, built in the reign of William and Mary” in her 1994 book The Perfect English Country House, Oswaldkirk Hall in the North Riding of Yorkshire is at the heart of the setting of Julian Fellowes’s fictional Downton Abbey. It was “built to impress” and could indeed have been a perfect starter home for Lady Mary Crawley and her late husband Matthew.
A Cadillac that belonged to The Duke and Duchess of Windsor heads to auction A 1941 Cadillac by General Motors that was custom built for the Duke and Duchess of Windsor at a cost of £8,600 ($14,000) is undoubtedly the highlight of the RM Auctions Art of the Automobile sale in New York on 21st November.
Former Sir John Mills 1948 Bentley for sale at Bonhams First owned by the actor Sir John Mills (1908 – 2005), a 1948 Bentley MKVI estate is due for auction at Bonhams.
Troubled hedge fund boss Steven A. Cohen seeks £71 million for his Midtown apartment As Steven A. Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors comes closer to a plea deal with prosecutors over insider trading charges, he’s selling paintings at Sotheby’s and has placed his Midtown apartment in New York on the market also.
Matthew Steeples selects five of the best items on display at Multiplied at Christie’s Multiplied 2013 at Christie’s is a fair that showcases contemporary art in editions from a range of international galleries. Unlike Frieze and PAD, prices start at a much lower level. Entry is free and here we showcase five of the best works on display
Matthew Steeples selects five of the best items on display at PAD Coinciding with Frieze week, PAD in Mayfair’s Berkeley Square is a small yet sophisticated showcase. Here, we select five of the best items on display: The screen is a magic environment British interactive artist Dominic Harris’s Deep Blue aquarium is the seventh out of eight available. Priced at £80,000 and available through Priveekollektie, this two dimensional video triptych “allows the viewer to become the active participant” as the fish respond and follow their movements. Here, indeed, is an artwork that will give countless hours of pleasure to both children and adults. Time is indeed a Treasure Three caterpillar like sculptures by Nacho Carbonell surprisingly also contain zoomorphic…
RM Auctions offer a Toyota for a million dollars Toyota is not a firm that one generally associates with sports cars and luxury, but with the sale of a 1967 Toyota 2000GT at an expected price of $1,000,000 (£625,000), we’ve definitely found an exception.
Barbour’s Commander waxed jacket as worn by Daniel Craig Daniel Craig wore a three-pocket waxed Barbour Commander jacket in Skyfall in 2012. Now, Barbour Heritage are selling the jacket for £399.
‘Harry Potter’ director Chris Columbus sells up in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights Harry Potter director Chris Columbus is selling his £8,128,000 ($12,995,000) Italianate style San Francisco home.
The sale of a £4.5 million Grade I listed house designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens Once described as “Britain’s smartest bed and breakfast” by the Financial Times, The Salutation in Sandwich, Kent has also appeared on Channel 4’s Four in a Bed and Googlebox programmes. The Grade I listed house, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, is now for sale for £4.5 million.
1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II formerly owned by Prince Chula Chakrabongse of Siam for sale for just £55,000 Prince Chula Chakrabongse of Siam (1908 – 1963) – the “Little Prince” – was well known for his White Mouse Racing team in the 1920s, 30s and 40s. He spent much of his later life with his English wife, Elizabeth Hunter, in Cornwall and now with the sale of a 1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II, a buyer will get a chance to purchase a car that he once owned.
A Kensington residence complete with the most impressive range of security features comes to the market for £13.75 million Estate agents Knight Frank and John Taylor would do well to seek out gangsters and Russian tycoons in the marketing of a 6,453 square foot house in South End, Kensington, W8 as it boasts all manner of security features.
Largest proportion of axed Aston Martin Cygnets were concentrated in Central London Yesterday, we reported that Aston Martin sold only 150 of their super-mini Cygnet vehicles between announcing it in 2009 and axing it recently. The total– we’ve now been told – may actually have been as low as 110 and given that we’ve photographed a fair few of them, here we share photographs of 15 of them
Mews house where Aston Martin was founded comes to the market On 15th January 1913, Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin commenced business at 16 Henniker Mews in Chelsea. They built a car known as the ‘Coal Scuttle’ and after successfully entering it into the Aston Hill climb near Aston Clinton, they renamed the firm Aston Martin. Converted into a mews house, the property is now for sale for £2,500,000.
Oprah Winfrey to sell off contents of her Californian mansion As Oprah Winfrey prepares to turn 60 she’s decided to refresh the décor at her $82 million Californian estate. As a result, the contents of this mansion along with items from her other homes are to be auctioned at the Santa Barbara Polo Club on 2nd November.
Scotland’s most expensive estate comes to the market In Downton Abbey last week, the Grantham family talked about selling off parts of their estate to cover the costs of death duties. In Scotland, the death of Sir James Cayzer has led to his family selling off one of their estates.
Facel Vega II formerly owned by Ringo Starr goes to auction Earlier this year we featured the sale of John Lennon’s first car and now the same auction house, Bonhams, are selling a car belonging to his band mate Ringo Starr MBE.
Classic Rolls-Royce used at Madonna’s wedding for sale A dark blue 1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I H. J. Mulliner convertible that was used as Madonna’s wedding car at Skibo Castle in 2000 is for sale for £450,000.
A home worthy of any ‘Downton’ devotee is marketed for £6,500,000 less than it was previously promoted for in 2008 With Downton Abbey back on our screens, Brits are waxing lyrical about life in country houses whilst our American cousins are already bemoaning that they won’t get to see the latest series until January. Any fan with deep enough pockets could live out their fantasy if they were to purchase Thornhill Park at Stalbridge in Dorset.
62,000 square foot apartment at New York’s The River House comes to the market for £80.5 million Apartments don’t normally come with indoor tennis courts but if the proposed conversion of the former River Club within New York’s River House co-operative goes ahead, what will surely be one of the world’s most ludicrous properties will indeed be created.
John Stoddart features at forthcoming STRARTA Art Fair at the Saatchi Gallery A new art fair is launching at Chelsea’s Saatchi Gallery from the 10th to the 13th October. Amongst those whose works will be showcased is a favourite of The Steeple Times, photographer John Stoddart.
Bernie Madoff’s boat on the market at a reduced price Previously marketed at £2.7 million, Bernie Madoff’s Arno Leopard yacht, Bull, is again on the market. Priced this time at £1.6 million, the 27-metre boat is still in the hands of the joint liquidators of Madoff Securities and cost £5.1 million when built in 2007.
MB&F and REUGE’s truly unique MusicMachine A collaboration between radical watchmakers Maximilian Büsser & Friends (MB&F) and music box manufacturers REUGE has resulted in the creation of a spectacular “MusicMachine” that looks like a cross between a submarine and something out of Star Trek.
Stonebrook Court Manor: The sale of a Californian mansion where it’s more about patience than price Stonebrook Court Manor in California’s Los Altos Hills has been on and off the market since January 2008. Its owner, a “television executive turned Internet investor” and investment banker named Kelly Porter, though said to be “in no hurry to sell”, has reduced his asking price from £28.1 million ($45 million) to £16.8 million ($27 million) through Arthur Sharif & Associates.
A truly unique American Austin station wagon heads to auction The American Austin Car Company was a short-lived car manufacturing corporation that operated from 1930 to 1937. A one-off station wagon version is due for auction at the RM Auctions Hershey sale on 10th to 11th October.
1928 Rolls Royce Phantom 1 shooting brake comes to the market Here at The Steeple Times we love unusual shooting brakes and in a 1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom 1, we’ve discovered an especially fantastic one.
Scottish estate once marketed at £4.5 million now available for just £1.6 million The Melville State Bed is considered “the most spectacular single exhibit in the Victoria and Albert Museum’s British Galleries”. Hung with 85 metres of velvet, 114.5 metres of damask and 62 metres of supporting linen and buckram, the “theatrical” crimson bed was created in 1700 to reflect the status of its owner and now the very house it was originally the centerpiece of is once again on the market.
Sarah Tucker takes her son bear hunting in the Yukon and discovers a lot more We’re Going on a Bear Hunt: I remember reading that book to my son, Tom, when he was a baby, until I knew the words to the story by rote. He loved the idea of going on an adventure through different terrains and the sounds that the characters made in search of the bear they eventually found in a cave on page nine.
A Cadillac that may or may not have belonged to Liberace comes to auction without much evidence of its provenance In The Talented Mr Ripley, the detective appointed to discover what happened to Dickie Greenleaf states: “In America we’re taught to check a fact before it becomes a fact”. In the case of a 1930s Cadillac being auctioned by Barrons at Sandown Park in Surrey on the 17th September, this quote ought to have been applied.
One of Chelsea’s most important modernist houses comes to the market Built for the parliamentarian and playwright Benn Levy and his actress wife and designed by the Bauhaus school founder Walter Gropius, 66 Old Church Street is one of Chelsea’s most significant modernist houses. It’s no wonder that, even though in need of renovation, therefore, a £45 million price tag has been attached to the house by agents Beauchamp Estates.
A 1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Flying Spur for just £155,000 Buying grouse moors, yachts and classic cars are the pursuits of those who have bundles of spare cash. Generally, though the returns are extremely pleasurable, these luxuries eat money and consequently none are the hobbies of the faint hearted.
Professor Gert-Rudolph Flick puts his South Kensington cottage on the market for £105 million The media have shown much interest in Beauchamp Estates bringing a hidden South Kensington cottage to the market this week for £105 million. What they missed is that this property, Park House off Pelham Street and Onslow Square, has quite a history
Repossessed flat comes to the market in Candy & Candy’s One Hyde Park This morning, Spear’s Wealth Management’s Josh Spero reported that a repossessed one bedroomed flat was for sale in Knightsbridge’s One Hyde Park for £5.25 million. Given that flats there have sold for upto £140 million, this is most definitely somewhat of a news story one wouldn’t expect to hear.
007’s Lotus Esprit submarine car headlines second day at RM Auction’s annual London sale The term ‘barn find’ is an often used phrase in the motoring world. In the case of a Lotus Esprit submarine car used in The Spy Who Loved Me, it’s more a case of something akin to the American reality show Auction Hunters as the vehicle was bought at a blind auction last after its then owner defaulted on the rent of “an unassuming storage unit in Holbrook, New York”.
Items with tarnished connections Be it a rare tintype photograph of Billy the Kid (sold for $2 million in 2011) or the blood stained toe tag of Lee Harvey Oswald (sold for $67,500 in 2008), there are some collectors who rush to buy the most bizarre of items at ‘murderabilia’ sales.
Former John Entwistle Rolls-Royce shooting brake sells for £43,700 John Entwistle of The Who was a man who bought cars “to drink in” given that he never learnt to drive. A Rolls-Royce shooting brake that he commissioned in 1980 that The Steeple Times recently featured sold today at Bonhams for £43,700 including premium.
The mainstay of the week: car displays and auctions London has been the backdrop for some of the world’s finest cars this week.
One of Liberace’s pianos heads to auction Liberace personally played to 25 million fans during his 40-year career and during this time he built up a mammoth collection of pianos. One of them, a Conover pompadour model, will be auctioned by Britannia Piano Auctions in Manchester on 12th September.
Apartment to rent above Julian Assange’s hideout Julian Assange has been holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in Knightsbridge since 19th June 2012. Now there’s a chance to share live in the same building as him as Harrods Estates are marketing a penthouse there for £5,750 per week.
A preview of this week’s Salon Privé at Syon Park Many would suggest that the “must attend” events of the season number Royal Ascot, Henley Royal Regatta and such things as The Serpentine Gallery’s annual Summer Party. A more recent addition to that list is Salon Privé at Syon Park, an event that is now entering its eighth consecutive year that is happening this week from Wednesday 4th to Friday 6th September.