OPULENCE & SPLENDOUR - Luxury and the arts

13
Apr
2014
From the ashes FI

From the ashes

One of England’s finest estates comes to the market for £25 to £30 million   The scene of the tragic deaths of the Conservative MP Michael Colvin and his wife Nicola in 2000 in a fire, Tangley House, near Andover in Hampshire subsequently had to be demolished. A new house was constructed on the site in 2005 by a property developer named Harry Marriott and now he’s put it on the market complete with 505 acres of land

11
Apr
2014
Footing the castle FI

Footing the castle

Own a castle (for just twenty years) for £850,000   Trematon Castle near Saltash in Cornwall is a house that I stayed in about ten years ago when it belonged to a friend of mine’s family. It was sold subsequently and now it is on the market once again.

09
Apr
2014
Ricci's Rambo Lambo FI

Ricci’s Rambo Lambo

Lamborghini LM 002 4×4 heads to auction   The Lamborghini loving Arabs who frequent Sloane Street could save themselves from having to purchase a Range Rover for their entourage by bidding on a baby blue Lamborghini LM 002 at Bonhams’ 28th April sale at London’s RAF Museum at Hendon.

05
Apr
2014
Living large FI

Living large

£27,500,000 for a flat in Knightsbridge   For the price of 110 average UK homes, a ‘high net worth’ individual can acquire an apartment in Lennox Gardens in Knightsbridge.

01
Apr
2014
Plated VI FI

Plated VI

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

31
Mar
2014
An average penthouse FI

An average penthouse

Renting a Knightsbridge penthouse for a month will cost as much as the purchase price of an average UK house   In February, the Office for National Statistics revealed that the average UK house price has hit £250,000 for the first time. For just a little shy of that figure, a super-elite renter could take a Knightsbridge penthouse for a month.

28
Mar
2014
The gold park FI

The gold park

A golden Ferrari is symbolic of the money park that is K&C   Today, financier and philanthropist Alan Miller spotted a gold metallic Ferrari in Pelham Street. This shiny hunk of metal is symbolic of what a ludicrous money park Kensington and Chelsea has become and of how utterly lacking in taste some of the non-residents of this area now truly are.

28
Mar
2014
Speedback FI

Speedback

David Brown Automotive’s Speedback is a stunning vehicle   David Brown shares not only his name with Sir David Brown of DB Aston Martin fame but also an ability to create the most stunning of cars. The contemporary Brown, though not related to Sir David or Aston Martin in any way, has plainly taken inspiration from his namesake in creating a new sports car that will be launched at the Top Marques show at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco on 17th April.

26
Mar
2014
Watering down FI

Watering down

Christie’s sell two bottles of water for £23,750   Today, Christie’s in South Kensington sold a ‘piece of art’ made up of two bottles of water for £23,750 and provided indication, surely, that the world’s gone mad.

25
Mar
2014
The Diagram of Dogs FI

The Diagram of Dogs

Fascinating diagram showing how every breed of dog is connected   When we came across a diagram that delineates nearly every standard breed of dog, we knew it would be something that our animal loving readers would be fascinated to see.

22
Mar
2014
The best of BADA FI

The best of BADA

A roundup of the art worth seeing at BADA   The BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair on Chelsea’s Duke of York Square is an annual showcase of art and antiques that range in price from £100 to £1 million. Here, The Steeple Times picks three of our favourite items on display that suit a wide range of budgets.

18
Mar
2014
Apter Fredericks FI

A window to watch

Antiques dealer Apter-Fredericks’ Spring window is one to watch   Antique dealers are often thought of as fussy and a little fuddy-duddy. In their latest display, Apter-Fredericks on Fulham Road in Chelsea show themselves to be anything but.

15
Mar
2014
Plated V FI

Plated V

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

13
Mar
2014
Money park Mayfair FI

Money park Mayfair

Mayfair flat comes to the market for an astounding £5,130 per square foot   If evidence were ever needed to show that “ultra prime” London property has become nothing other than a money park for “ultra high net worth individuals”, today it has been provided with the launch of an £18 million 3,059 square foot apartment on Mayfair’s Grosvenor Square.

12
Mar
2014
Game set and match FI

Game, set and match

One of Westchester County’s finest houses comes to the market   Westchester is a gilded county. It’s a place that has variously been home to John D. Rockefeller, Vera Wang, Ralph Lauren, P. Diddy and Martha Stewart and one that the rich and famous adore. With the sale of a “modern-day masterpiece” created by the “noted architect” Ralph Mackin, one could now acquire one of “Westchester County’s grandest estates”.

28
Feb
2014
Handeling a house FI

Handeling a house

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.

28
Feb
2014
An other worldly place FI

An outworldly place

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.

27
Feb
2014
As worldly as Whicker FI

As worldly as Whicker

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

26
Feb
2014
the queen driving her land rover

Rolled by the Queen

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.

22
Feb
2014
Venice sinks better than we do FI

Venice sinks better than we do

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.

21
Feb
2014
A dictator's dream FI

A dictator’s dream

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

16
Feb
2014
Fool's Gold FI

Fool’s gold

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.

14
Feb
2014
WELL FUN FI

Plated IV

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

12
Feb
2014
Braking an XJS FI

Braking an XJS

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.

11
Feb
2014
Films for a rainy day FI

Five of the Best: Films for a rainy day

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

07
Feb
2014
David Livingstone FI

I will go anywhere provided it is forward

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.

02
Feb
2014
Kardashianly bad tase

Kardashianly bad taste

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…

26
Jan
2014
2150 Broadway FI

A cacophony of colour

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.

25
Jan
2014
Eyeing a Roller FI

Eyeing a Roller

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.

23
Jan
2014
A step forward FI

A step forward

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.

19
Jan
2014
Netherby Hall FI

Burglars and bargains

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?

17
Jan
2014
Elephant Man FI

Bonhams to sell The Elephant Man’s chair and two of Churchill’s cigars

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

17
Jan
2014
Volkswagen XL1 FI

The world’s most fuel efficient car

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.

14
Jan
2014
Stoddart's Audio Loung FI

Stoddart’s Audio Lounge

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.

12
Jan
2014
Bargaining for charity

Bargaining for charity

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.

02
Jan
2014
Gregory Peck's Mockingbird Bentley FI

Peck’s ‘Mockingbird Bentley’

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.

02
Jan
2014
Rolling along nicely FI

Rolling along nicely

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.

31
Dec
2013
Pottery and drama FI

Pottery and drama

£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.

27
Dec
2013
The house of fun FI

The house of fun

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.

23
Dec
2013
Brereton Hall FI

A Prodigy house

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.

22
Dec
2013
Katie Price pink Range Rover FI

Pink and Pricey

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.

21
Dec
2013
A classic English home FI

A classic English home

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.

20
Dec
2013
I'm out FI

I’m out

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.

19
Dec
2013
1 Cheyne Mews FI

Russians, rock stars and royalty

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”.

18
Dec
2013
Messing about on the Mouette FI

Messing about on the Mouette

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.

17
Dec
2013
Bears and postmen FI

Bears and postmen

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.

15
Dec
2013
Daisy Hill House FI

My Mansion

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.

14
Dec
2013
A Dragon's Lair FI

A Dragon’s Lair

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.

13
Dec
2013
Christmas gifts FI

Five of the best: Christmas gifts

Our favourite gift ideas for Christmas 2013   Gift suggestions for those with sophisticated tastes

12
Dec
2013
A house that hasn't sold in 14 years FI

A house that hasn’t sold in 14 years

‘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.

29
Nov
2013
All hatted out FI

All hatted out

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.

27
Nov
2013
A Greek marriage FI

A Greek marriage

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.

26
Nov
2013
Adair FI

Adair and a Berry

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.

26
Nov
2013
Moulton's Mini FI

Moulton’s Mini

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

26
Nov
2013
Plated III FI

Plated III

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

24
Nov
2013
A hothouse and a half FI

A hothouse and a half

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.

22
Nov
2013
Sex and Sunninghill FI

Sex and Sunninghill

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.

21
Nov
2013
An orgy of a mansion FI

An orgy of a mansion

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.

19
Nov
2013
The Empire of Bentley FI

The Empire of Bentley

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.

17
Nov
2013
Purple rain FI

Purple rain

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.

16
Nov
2013
Bollywood booms FI

Bollywood booms

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.

14
Nov
2013
Plane FI

The Gunbus

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.

11
Nov
2013
The Wicked Lady FI

The Wicked Lady

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.

10
Nov
2013
Parnassus Luxury Travel November FI

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Parnassus Luxury Travel create tailor made, bespoke luxury holidays for discerning clients in all four corners of the world.

09
Nov
2013
Splendor on the Riviera FI

Splendor on the Riviera

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.

09
Nov
2013
Blakes FI

Blakes, James and don’t spare the horses

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.

07
Nov
2013
The modern day Docker FI

The modern day Docker

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.

06
Nov
2013
London International Players FI copy

London International Players at Cadogan Hall – 8th November

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.

05
Nov
2013
Dark Estates FI

Dark Estates

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.

04
Nov
2013
A Front and a half FI

A Front and a half

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.

03
Nov
2013
Braun's bunkum FI

Braun’s bunkum

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.

02
Nov
2013
Whimsical bird cane Fi

Up before the beak

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.

01
Nov
2013
Seeing Twilight FI

Seeing Twilight

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.

28
Oct
2013
Exploring Burma FI

Exploring Burma

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.

27
Oct
2013
101 Cheyne Walk FI

The Little Whistler Girl

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.

26
Oct
2013
The Perfect English Country House FI

The Perfect English Country House

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.

26
Oct
2013
The Duchess FI

The Duchess

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.

25
Oct
2013
Mills and Bentley FI

Mills & Bentley

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.

22
Oct
2013
Bleeding a deal FI

Bleeding a deal

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.

18
Oct
2013
Multiplied FI

Five of the Best: Multiplied 2013

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

17
Oct
2013
Time Is A Treasure group FI

Five of the Best: PAD London 2013

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…

16
Oct
2013
A million dollar Toyota FI

A million dollar Toyota

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.

16
Oct
2013
Bond's Barbour FI

Bond’s Barbour

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.

14
Oct
2013
Harry's House of Secrets FI

Harry’s House of Secrets

‘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.

12
Oct
2013
Salutations in Sandwich FI

Salutations in Sandwich

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.

12
Oct
2013
Prince Chula's 1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud FI

A Rolls-Royce goes West

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.

10
Oct
2013
South End FI

Lock Stock in W8

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.

09
Oct
2013
Cygnet FI

Sighting the Cygnet

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

08
Oct
2013
Plaque FI

The birthplace of Aston Martin is for sale

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.

08
Oct
2013
Auctioning Oprah FI

Auctioning Oprah

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.

04
Oct
2013
Scotland's Downton FI

Scotland’s Downton

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.

03
Oct
2013
Ringo Starr Facel FI

A Facel for a family

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.

02
Oct
2013
Madonna Rolls FI

Madonna Rolls

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.

30
Sep
2013
Downturning FI

Downturning

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.

29
Sep
2013
Raw at the River FI

Raw at the River

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.

29
Sep
2013
Strarta Art Fair FI

Stoddart Stars

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.

26
Sep
2013
Bull FI

Boating Bull

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.

23
Sep
2013
MB&F MusicMachine FI

May the force be music

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.

23
Sep
2013
Stonesbrook Court FI entertaining

Price vs. Patience

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.

22
Sep
2013
American Austin station wagon FI

Mini me

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.