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Tag: 1991

August 8, 2017

A Con and A Cabriolet

by Matthew Steeples

One-off 1971 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI cabriolet to be auctioned; originally commissioned by a British playboy turned jailbird with connections to Princess Margaret but only actually completed in 1993   A 1971 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI all-weather cabriolet with bodywork by the renowned Italian automotive stylist Frua is to be auctioned this month.   Offered with an … Continue reading “A Con and A Cabriolet”

July 23, 2017

Enough is Enough

by Matthew Steeples

Funding for the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann must cease; £11 million spent with no result is evidence that enough is enough   Over £11 million has been spent in relation to the search for Madeleine McCann since the then 3-year old disappeared on 3rd May 2007. The result? Absolutely no progress and … Continue reading “Enough is Enough”

June 10, 2017

Empire State of Knightsbridge

by Matthew Steeples

Penthouse with tower in prominent Knightsbridge landmark for sale for £8.25 million   A penthouse with a tower in a Grade II listed landmark triangular ‘flat-iron’ building on the border of South Kensington and Knightsbridge has gone on sale for £8.25 million ($10.51 million, €9.39 million or درهم38.62 million).   Created in 1991 to designs … Continue reading “Empire State of Knightsbridge”

May 30, 2017

Mucking Up A Manor

by Matthew Steeples

“Grand” Grade II* listed Midlands manor for sale for just £350,000; it comes with a 49-seat cinema and several unexpected catches   Where there’s muck, there’s money and a late 18th century Midlands manor house currently for sale for just £350,000 ($451,000, €402,000 or درهم1.65 million) provides an example of the tale of the progress … Continue reading “Mucking Up A Manor”

May 13, 2017

Lady Ridsdale DBE (1921 – 2009, née Victoire Bennett)

by Matthew Steeples

Dame Paddy Ridsdale, as she generally known, was an intelligence operative, secretary to Ian Fleming during WW2 and the inspiration for the Bond character Miss Moneypenny.   A Conservative Party stalwart and married to Member of Parliament for Harwich from 1954 to 1992 Sir Julian Ridsdale CBE (1915 – 2004), Dame Paddy – or Vicky, … Continue reading “Lady Ridsdale DBE (1921 – 2009, née Victoire Bennett)”

May 4, 2017

A Kinky Car

by Matthew Steeples

1960 Bentley S2 currently owned by musician Sir Ray Davies to be auctioned; he wrote the hit song ‘Apeman’ on its back seat   A 1960 Bentley S2 owned but rarely used by Sir Ray Davies CBE – best known for hits with The Kinks that included You Really Got Me and All Day and … Continue reading “A Kinky Car”

February 24, 2016

Stavros Niarchos III

by General

Greek shipping heir Stavros Niarchos III dated both Paris Hilton and Mary-Kate Olsen but has been with the Australian supermodel Jessica Hart since 2010.

February 21, 2016

Minder mobiles

by Matthew Steeples

Daimler used in ‘Minder’ to be auctioned alongside a Ford Capri from the same series; rather appropriately it was once clocked

February 12, 2016

Chris Bryant MP

by General

Known primarily for posing in his underpants on a gay dating site and for the utterly ridiculous assessment that Delilah is a song about the murder of a prostitute, Chris Bryant is one of the most pointless MPs ever.

February 8, 2016

A contemporary castle

by Matthew Steeples

Welsh castle with a difference for sale for £3.9 million

February 7, 2016

Kelly Brook (born Kelly Ann Parsons)

by General

A leading member of the ‘smug club’, Kelly Brook claims to love animals yet reportedly laughed about punching two ex-boyfriends in the face during an interview in 2014.

December 20, 2015

Justice and Janner

by Matthew Steeples

The death of Lord Janner will not stop his alleged victims in their quest for justice and it should also result in Theresa May speaking up

November 18, 2015

An ace Bentley

by Matthew Steeples

Bentley once owned by chocolate tycoon and flying ace Sir Egbert Cadbury to be auctioned with a guide lower than the cost of its most recent renovation

October 6, 2015

Hero of the Hour: Kerry Needham

by Matthew Steeples

Kerry Needham speaks for the nation in calling for more help for parents of missing children (other than just Madeleine McCann)

September 7, 2015

Bonded to a Rolls

by Matthew Steeples

1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I drophead coupé owned by Bond set designer Sir Ken Adam to be auctioned at RM Sotheby’s Battersea sale tonight

August 20, 2015

Francesco Carrozzini

by General

Born in Monza, Italy in 1982, Los Angeles and New York based photographer and director Francesco Carrozzini has worked with everyone from Tony Blair and Ban Ki-Moon to Justin Bieber and Kanye West.

July 28, 2015

Beaten by Bloomberg

by Matthew Steeples

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

Constance Briscoe

by General

The author of Ugly and Beyond Ugly, Clapham based Constance Briscoe is nothing but a shameless disgrace.

July 26, 2015

Pioneering pizza

by Matthew Steeples

Pioneer of pizza in Britain places £1.15 million Lancashire home on the market

June 30, 2015

Bring your own bidet

by Matthew Steeples

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

June 29, 2015

Pete Halat

by General

Former attorney and Mayor of Biloxi, Mississippi from 1989 to 1993, Pete Halat was acquitted of but still is often connected to the 1987 murders of his business partner Judge Vincent Sherry and his wife.

June 20, 2015

A roofless repo

by Matthew Steeples

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

June 16, 2015

David Sullivan

by General

Cardiff born David Sullivan owned the Daily Sport and the Sunday Sport between 1986 and 2007.

June 13, 2015

Trimming Trimdon

by Matthew Steeples

Tony Blair’s former home heads to auction for £35,000 less than he sold it for in 2010

May 22, 2015

Topsy Taylor (born Lesley Taylor)

by General

This big-haired New York and Newport based socialite and aviation enthusiast co-founded Helicopter Flight Services in 1985.

April 26, 2015

Wally of the Week: Keith Vaz

by Matthew Steeples

It is time that the Labour politician Keith Vaz asked himself some questions about his role in protecting the alleged paedophile Lord Janner

April 25, 2015

The Knightsbridge rose seller

by General

A well-known fixture each and every evening at Knightsbridge restaurants including San Lorenzo and Scalini during the 1990s and 2000s

April 2, 2015

Debrah Lee Charatan

by General

With a self-professed desire to be “a female Harry Helmsley”, Debrah Lee Charatan was destined for a successful career in real estate in New York in the 1980s.

March 21, 2015

Robert Durst

by General

A member of the New York based Durst real estate dynasty and worth some $100 million, cross-dresser Robert Durst first came to the attention of the public when his first wife, Kathie, disappeared

March 5, 2015

Delisted

by Matthew Steeples

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

January 2, 2015

Aby Rosen

by Matthew Steeples

This Jewish real-estate mogul and contemporary art patron co-founded RFR Holding LLC with his childhood friend Michael Fuchs in 1991.

September 20, 2014

Sloane discretion

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples reviews Chelsea townhouse hotel San Domenico House   San Domenico House is a hidden secret; a small hotel that’s physically minutes from the bustle of Sloane Square yet literally a world away from it.

August 24, 2014

Out of the Ordinary

by Matthew Steeples

Highlights from the second annual Christie’s South Kensington sale of unusual items and objects, ‘Out of the Ordinary’   On 3rd September Christie’s South Kensington will auction “an eclectic selection of art and ephemera celebrating the joy of the unconventional”. Here, The Steeple Times selects a few highlights

December 18, 2013

Gavin Newsom

by Matthew Steeples

The 49th Lieutenant Governor of California was previously the 42nd Mayor of San Francisco. Dyslexic and twice married, Newsom created PlumpJack Associates L.P. in 1991 with the backing of Gordon Getty and has over 1.2 million followers on Twitter. Well known for having directed San Francisco’s city-county clerk to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, … Continue reading “Gavin Newsom”

December 15, 2013

My Mansion

by Matthew Steeples

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 … Continue reading “My Mansion”

September 10, 2013

Skedding off the rails

by Matthew Steeples

Professor Alan Sked forms new party   In 1991, Alan Sked, a professor of International History at the London School of Economics, formed the Anti-Federalist League. In 1993, the organisation became what is now known as the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) but after leaving what he came to see as a factionalised organisation in … Continue reading “Skedding off the rails”

August 16, 2013

All hail vulgarity

by Matthew Steeples

21st century gauche replaces 20th century elegance   A hidden enclave opposite the V&A museum in South Kensington was home to two of the twentieth century’s most fascinating individuals. London club owner and arbiter of good taste Mark Birley lived at Thurloe Lodge for nearly thirty years until his death in 2007 and for a … Continue reading “All hail vulgarity”

June 16, 2013

Anne Dunhill

by Matthew Steeples

This Roman Catholic novelist and Italian translator’s works have included A Darker Shade of Love, Web of Passion and Anita: A Memoir. A former debutante and model, Dunhill also writes about love, life and lunches on the site Angela Darling’s Blog and is a granddaughter of the luxury goods titan Alfred Dunhill.

March 17, 2013

Fernando Peire

by Matthew Steeples

This genial host is undoubtedly amongst the best connected on the London restaurant scene. Born in Gibraltar, Peire became senior maitre d’ at The Ivy in 1990 and after stints advising others such as Morton’s, The Halcyon Hotel and the Villa Nova in Barbados, he returned to The Ivy in 2007 as director. Instrumental in … Continue reading “Fernando Peire”

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”

Sandi Toksvig

by Matthew Steeples

In 2013, this Danish-British former Liberal Democrat author and presenter stated: “The Duchess of Cambridge lacks a single [relevant] opinion”. The nation were far from impressed. “Toxic Toksvig”, as some refer to her, is a Cambridge educated lesbian and mother of three whose works number Hitler’s Canary and Heroines & Harridans. She started her career … Continue reading “Sandi Toksvig”

March 14, 2013

Marcus Cooper

by Matthew Steeples

A property developer extraordinaire with a “passion for deals”. He has been involved in deals involving many of London’s most expensive properties and founded the Marcus Cooper Group in 1991. Cooper purchased the capital’s second largest home, Witanhurst on Highgate Hill, for £32 million in 2007 and put it back on the market five weeks … Continue reading “Marcus Cooper”

March 10, 2013

Neil Hamilton: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks writer, broadcaster and entertainer Neil Hamilton: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Christine.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? If you say so dear.  

March 8, 2013

Jeremy Blake and Theresa Duncan (1971 – 2007 and 1966 – 2007)

by Matthew Steeples

Their story is a modern day equivalent of that of Romeo and Juliet and Vanity Fair chronicled their deaths as The Golden Suicides. “Handsome” Blake, a digital artist and painter who worked with Malcolm McLaren and Fox Searchlight, and “sexy” Duncan, a writer, game designer and filmmaker best known for the “girl-centric” game Chop Suey, … Continue reading “Jeremy Blake and Theresa Duncan (1971 – 2007 and 1966 – 2007)”

March 3, 2013

Derek Bell MBE

by Matthew Steeples

A five times winner at Le Mans, this British racing icon also won the Daytona 24 three times and the World Sportscar Championship twice. Described as “one of the most liked drivers of his generation”, Bell suffered minor burns whilst working with Steve McQueen on the 1971 film Le Mans and is now a global … Continue reading “Derek Bell MBE”

November 15, 2012

The badgers of Albany

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples delves into the history of Albany, Piccadilly and discovers an affordable way of living there   Albany, off Piccadilly in Mayfair, was most probably London’s first apartment block and it’s certainly the city’s most exclusive. It may be next to the Royal Academy and opposite Fortnum & Mason but surprisingly few have even … Continue reading “The badgers of Albany”

November 4, 2012

Beverley Craven

by Matthew Steeples

This British singer-songwriter was born in Colombo, Sir Lanka whilst her father was there working for Kodak. Influenced by Elton John and Kate Bush, she began her career touring with Bobby Womack but it was her 1991 single, “Promise Me,” that catapulted Craven into the big time. After a period raising a family, she’s now … Continue reading “Beverley Craven”

Tom Ford

by Matthew Steeples

This Texan born designer and film director turned around the fortunes of Gucci and YSL and had a huge success with A Single Man. A fixture at New York’s Studio 54, his designs are hugely influenced by the club’s disco-era glamour and his love of all things black and square. Ford met his journalist partner, … Continue reading “Tom Ford”

November 3, 2012

Post-Fordism

by Matthew Steeples

The flexible £12.75 million former home of Tom Ford   Number 26 Gilston Road in London’s SW10 is a property that has been on and off the market repeatedly in recent years. On each and every occasion it has been promoted as the “former home of the fashion icon Tom Ford” and though he hasn’t … Continue reading “Post-Fordism”

November 2, 2012

Windows on the WAGs

by Matthew Steeples

A £15 million mansion fit for a self-made tycoon or an upwardly mobile WAG   While the youth of the Kings Road and Loughton have featured in the reality shows Made in Chelsea and The Only Way is Essex, their counterparts in Cheshire have yet to undergo the same social experiment. Having come across a … Continue reading “Windows on the WAGs”

October 19, 2012

First Among (Not So) Equals

by Matthew Steeples

The latest sale of 32a Ovington Square   I first visited 32a Ovington Square in September 2009. At the time, this “hidden house” was the home of Lord Carrington and it had just come on the market at a price, if I recall correctly, of circa £3,000,000.     A friend was looking for somewhere … Continue reading “First Among (Not So) Equals”

September 26, 2012

Crispin Odey

by Matthew Steeples

He founded Odey Asset Management in 1991 and now manages some $6.2 billion of assets. This graduate of Christ Church, Oxford was first married to Rupert Murdoch’s daughter, Prudence, but after divorcing her Odey formed a union with a fellow financier, Nichola Pease. The couple, termed “The City’s Posh and Becks,” live between Chelsea and … Continue reading “Crispin Odey”

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