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Tag: 1940

December 7, 2017

Britain’s Priciest Houseboat

by Matthew Steeples

Thames houseboat moored at Cadogan Pier in Chelsea goes on sale for extraordinary sum of £2.5 million   What could likely be Britain’s most expensive houseboat has gone on sale for £2.5 million ($3.3 million, €2.8 million or درهم12.3 million) – or the same sum as a 9-bedroom Queen Anne house in Wiltshire.     … Continue reading “Britain’s Priciest Houseboat”

November 19, 2017

Lord of the Thatch

by Matthew Steeples

Former Wiltshire home of ‘Lord of the Flies’ author Sir William Golding for sale for 562% more than he sold it for in 1985   The one-time home of the author and Nobel Prize in Literature and Booker Prize winner Sir William Golding, CBE (1911 – 1993) has gone on sale for £795,000 ($1.1 million, … Continue reading “Lord of the Thatch”

September 10, 2017

The Icing on the Cake

by Matthew Steeples

Octagonal Victorian Gothic landmark in Westchester County, New York available for rent; Bono was filmed there and it includes the only domestic Egyptian Revival room in existence   A Victorian Gothic house in Irvington, Westchester County, New York that resembles a wedding cake has been put on the market to rent for £30,300 per month … Continue reading “The Icing on the Cake”

September 9, 2017

Gone with the Joseffs

by Matthew Steeples

Vivien Leigh’s necklace and Clark Gable’s cigarette case from ‘Gone with the Wind’ to be sold at auction in Los Angeles   Gone with the Wind is undoubtedly one of the all-time classic films. It took in excess of $390 million at the box office, won an astonishing eight Academy Awards in 1940 and propelled … Continue reading “Gone with the Joseffs”

May 27, 2017

Anything But A Steel

by Matthew Steeples

Renovated Pacific Heights, San Francisco residence with Danielle Steel as a neighbour for sale for sum 652% higher than it sold for in 1994   A buyer wishing to live just to the north of Danielle Steel’s architecturally striking ‘Spreckels Mansion’ home can now purchase 1994 Jackson Street in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights.   For … Continue reading “Anything But A Steel”

August 15, 2016

An unlucky mansion

by Matthew Steeples

Unlucky mansion in Yorkshire with 13 bedrooms for sale for a lower sum than it was marketed for in 2007 – despite having been renovated internally in the time since   Offered for sale for less than it was last marketed in a “dilapidated condition” in 2007, Whinburn Hall in the gritty West Yorkshire mill … Continue reading “An unlucky mansion”

May 11, 2016

Fine tech

by Matthew Steeples

£6.4 million San Francisco house complete with an accessory perfect for any ‘tech boomer’

July 13, 2015

Gillian Clarke (1941 – 2015)

by General

The late daughter of schoolteachers from Sidcup, Kent and a mother of two, Gillian Clarke met her Conservative politician husband Kenneth at Cambridge in 1963.

July 10, 2015

A Spitfire soars

by Matthew Steeples

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

June 6, 2015

A royal smuggler

by Matthew Steeples

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

November 2, 2014

Dr Hyacinth Morgan (1885 – 1956)

by General

Twice a Labour Member of Parliament (1929 – 1931 and 1940 – 1955) and bizarrely sharing a Christian name with television’s Mrs Bucket, Dr Hyacinth Morgan was a doctor and Labour politician

September 8, 2014

Barbara Hulanicki OBE

by General

This Polish born, British raised fashion icon described herself as “a natural feminist” in a 2014 interview with The Observer. As the co-founder of BIBA with her late husband, Stephen Fitz-Simon (AKA “Fitz”), Barbara Hulanicki revolutionised design and her followers included Brigitte Bardot, Mick Jagger, David Bowie and Marianne Faithful. She only closed her store … Continue reading “Barbara Hulanicki OBE”

September 7, 2014

Churchill’s ride

by Matthew Steeples

Daimler used by Churchill to star at RM Auctions Battersea sale   Between 1940 and 1950, the Daimler Motor Company loaned a 1939 Daimler DB18 drophead coupé bodied by the Carlton Carriage Company for special occasions. Its most notable loan was to Winston Churchill in 1944 and 1949 and it heads to auction on Monday … Continue reading “Churchill’s ride”

September 1, 2013

Avoiding the icebergs

by steepleadmin

Saltydog’s James Meeston suggests that staying active is good for your wealth   So you have made the decision to become a DIY investor and manage part or all of your ISAs, SIPP and other financial investments. Well, one of the first choices you must make is whether you are going to be a “passive” … Continue reading “Avoiding the icebergs”

May 19, 2013

Jesse Livermore (1877 – 1940)

by Matthew Steeples

One of the greatest traders ever to have lived. This thrice married American was famed for making and losing several multi-million dollar fortunes and once stated: “People who look for easy money invariably pay for the privilege of proving conclusively that it cannot be found on this earth”. Bankers today should pay heed. Nicknamed the … Continue reading “Jesse Livermore (1877 – 1940)”

March 19, 2013

Spying bees

by Matthew Steeples

A review of the St. Ermin’s Hotel   I first visited the St. Ermin’s Hotel close to Scotland Yard in St James’s in June 2012 for the first Intelligence Book of the Year Awards. Today, I will return there to attend a reception to announce the second winner of this annual prize by judges Andrew … Continue reading “Spying bees”

March 17, 2013

Anna Wintour OBE

by General

Her Evening Standard editor father was known as “Chilly Charlie” and she’s become “Nuclear Wintour”. This New York based Brit states that she’s “lost count” of the number of times she’s been attacked by activists and once retaliated by sending anti-fur campaigners a plate of roast beef when they picketed her Condé Nast offices. In … Continue reading “Anna Wintour OBE”

November 24, 2012

Jocelyn Wildenstein (née Périsset and also known as “Jocelynnys Dayannnys da Silva Bezerra”)

by Matthew Steeples

If one spent $2,000,000 on cosmetic surgery, one would expect to end up looking fantastic. It didn’t quite work out in the case of the billionairess “Bride of Wildenstein,” though, as instead she discovered the husband she thought she’d please in bed with a 19-year old Russian. Feline like in appearance, the purr of this … Continue reading “Jocelyn Wildenstein (née Périsset and also known as “Jocelynnys Dayannnys da Silva Bezerra”)”

October 29, 2012

Cows don’t wear Rolexes

by steepleadmin

Charles Mitford Cust asks: “Do the clocks really need to go back?”   Yesterday, once again, the clocks went back and now we are officially in winter. As is always the case on this sad annual occasion, I am left asking myself why we have do something so apparently illogical and what are the origins … Continue reading “Cows don’t wear Rolexes”

April 3, 2012

A chic serpent

by Matthew Steeples

A review of Roberto Cavalli Vodka The Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli is best known for using exotic wild animal prints in his creations and for giving jeans a “sand-blasted look” that has become the standard style for the majority of brands.     Born in 1940 in Florence, Cavalli sells his main lines in … Continue reading “A chic serpent”

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