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Tag: 1945

September 18, 2018

A Bit Of An Enigma

by Matthew Steeples

Bonhams to auction two Enigma machines at their science and technology sale for six figure sums   Tomorrow in Knightsbridge, Bonhams will auction two Heinsoeth Und Rinke enigma enciphering machines at a sale of instruments of science and technology.     Produced in Germany in 1941 and 1943, the two devices offered feature QWERTY keyboards … Continue reading “A Bit Of An Enigma”

June 28, 2017

Marples Must Go

by Matthew Steeples

1964 Mini Cooper S hatchback designed to carry the golf clubs of the much-loathed Postmaster General, Minister of Transport and alleged tax fraudster Ernest Marples for sale   Twice married and born in Levenshulme, Manchester, Ernest Marples – later Lord Marples – makes the very worst of modern politicians look like relative babes in arms. … Continue reading “Marples Must Go”

October 10, 2015

Diane Sawyer (born Lila Diane Sawyer)

by General

A former member of President Nixon’s White House staff turned acclaimed television journalist, Diane Sawyer was born in Glasgow, Kentucky.

February 22, 2015

Daniel Topolski (1945 – 2015)

by General

The Oxford educated son of the acclaimed painter Felix Topolski, Daniel Topolski was a champion rower and rowing coach.

September 23, 2014

Eli Wallach (1915 – 2014)

by General

One of the finest ever “method actors”, Eli Wallach was a star of the stage and screen between 1945 and 2010 and once had to ask the director John Hutson for advice on how to play a drunk because he was a strict teetotaler. Brooklyn born and the son of a sweet shop owner, Wallach … Continue reading “Eli Wallach (1915 – 2014)”

September 7, 2014

Argentina’s Eiffel

by Matthew Steeples

Salvage Europe sell part of Argentina’s contribution to the Exposition Universelle of 1889   To mark the 100th anniversary of the storming of the Bastille, between May and October 1889, Paris held a fair named the Exposition Universelle. The main symbol and the most iconic building at the Expo was the Eiffel Tower but now … Continue reading “Argentina’s Eiffel”

August 16, 2014

From Spite to Hope

by Matthew Steeples

Scottish castle for sale for just £28.90 per square foot   They say that owning a grouse moor is equivalent to burning £50 notes but the buyer of the 41,433 square foot Carbisdale Castle in Sutherland will take on an altogether bigger burden.

November 3, 2013

Braun’s bunkum

by Matthew Steeples

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.

September 13, 2013

If I Were You

by Matthew Steeples

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, … Continue reading “If I Were You”

March 9, 2013

Over Pegged

by Matthew Steeples

A 1954 Pegaso Z-102 fails to sell at Amelia Island   Earlier this week we reported that a one-off Spanish supercar, a Pegaso Z-102 Series II cabriolet by Saoutchik, was to go to auction at the RM Auctions sale at Amelia Island today, Saturday 9th March 2013.

March 5, 2013

Pining for a Pegaso

by Matthew Steeples

A rare Spanish made supercar heads to auction at Amelia Island   Spain is not a country that one naturally associates with supercars but between 1951 and 1958, Pegaso, a company known for producing buses, trucks and tractors, manufactured approximately 84 state-of-the-art sports cars. One of these rarities, a one-off 1954 Z-102 Series II cabriolet … Continue reading “Pining for a Pegaso”

November 29, 2012

A Gipsy flies

by Matthew Steeples

The story of a 1929 bi-plane with a truly fascinating pedigree   Britain’s best-known wartime Prime Minister piloted a Gipsy Moth aeroplane that will be sold by auctioneers Bonhams in February 2013 at a guide of £120,000. The same craft was also featured in an iconic 1980s film and was also supposedly flown by a … Continue reading “A Gipsy flies”

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”

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