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July 16, 2017

Five of the Best – ‘Star Cars’ at Silverstone

by Matthew Steeples

A selection of five cars owned and previously owned by ‘personalities’ to be auctioned at the Silverstone Classic Sale in July   On the 29th and 30th July, Silverstone Auctions will sell both classic and contemporary cars at their Silverstone Classic Sale in Northamptonshire. Amongst them are five cars owned or previously owned by the … Continue reading “Five of the Best – ‘Star Cars’ at Silverstone”

June 5, 2017

Not So Little Italy

by Matthew Steeples

Vast “Italian style” oceanfront mansion in Orange County, CA relaunched for sale for £42.7 million; it has failed to sell at prices as high as £53 million   An 18,000 square foot barn of a residence described as “the finest oceanfront home in SoCal” has been relaunched to the market this month at a price … Continue reading “Not So Little Italy”

May 31, 2017

Sharon Hodgson MP

by General

Despite being Shadow Minister for Public Health and claiming to be a campaigner to improve children’s diets, Labour’s ‘jolly giant’ Sharon Hodgson is a big fan of kebabs. This Geordie ex-payroll clerk once claimed she’d rescue her handbag if her house were on fire, remarked: “Labour is teetering on the edge of political irrelevance” in … Continue reading “Sharon Hodgson MP”

May 13, 2017

Bob Marshall-Andrews QC

by General

A “libertarian-left” Labour MP between 1997 and 2010, distinguished barrister and novelist Bob Marshall-Andrews defected to the Liberal Democrats in 2017. Described as “an irritant” to his former party whilst they were in government, multi-millionaire Marshall-Andrews built and owns “one of the most innovative houses of the 20th century – the famed ‘Teletubby House’ in … Continue reading “Bob Marshall-Andrews QC”

Staging the Dollars

by Matthew Steeples

Prominent banker attempts to sell San Francisco mansion for a sum 205% higher than it achieved in 1993; it comes with an outdoor theatre   Built in 1904 of brick on a wood frame and subject to a seismic upgrade in 1994, 3444 Washington Street in Presidio Heights, San Francisco was sold for $15.2 million … Continue reading “Staging the Dollars”

May 4, 2017

Dastardly Diane

by Matthew Steeples

Diane Abbott MP, a woman unable to grasp numbers, revealed to be perfectly capable of grabbing as much as she can for her very own pocket   Quite capable of whining about supposedly being unfairly targeted by so-called trolls in spite of being in the pay of and thus accountable to the public, Britain’s most … Continue reading “Dastardly Diane”

April 23, 2017

Living Large

by Matthew Steeples

New Jersey mansion, complete with 58 rooms, for sale for equivalent sum to what it cost to build in 1909; the £37 million house’s original owner was a man whose extravagance knew absolutely no bounds   George Crocker (1856 – 1909) makes F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Jay Gatsby seem like an amateur. Born in Sacramento and … Continue reading “Living Large”

April 6, 2017

Billionaire Battersea

by Matthew Steeples

Historic Battersea mansion for sale for the same sum it was marketed for in 2011; it has been mostly empty throughout the intervening period and was renovated by the late billionaire Malcolm Forbes   Billionaire publisher Malcolm Forbes was a man who liked to live large. He had a huge yacht named The Highlander, threw … Continue reading “Billionaire Battersea”

March 29, 2017

The Downfall of The Donald

by Matthew Steeples

Could Donald Trump’s ‘Fall of Rome-style’ downfall be triggered by the actions of his very own family?   Donald Trump came to power promising to ‘Drain the Swamp’ of Washington. Thus far he’s made it bigger and though he might think appointing as many cronies and family members as possible to senior positions will protect … Continue reading “The Downfall of The Donald”

January 10, 2017

Panic Over The Price

by Matthew Steeples

Vast New York triplex with three bullet-proof panic rooms at The Heritage at Trump Place reduced in price by 47%; Is the Trump connection a factor?   In 2012, a Saudi royal placed a fifth, sixth and seventh triplex he “rarely uses” on the market for £61.7 million ($75 million, €71 million or درهم275.5 million). … Continue reading “Panic Over The Price”

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 15, 2016

Reducing a stately

by Matthew Steeples

Grade I listed Sir John Soane designed country house Tyringham Hall reduced in price by 30%

May 9, 2016

Tickets please

by Matthew Steeples

Converted former station in Yorkshire with holiday units created from train carriages for sale for £795,000

March 14, 2016

The folly of Riber

by Matthew Steeples

Derbyshire castle known as ‘Smedley’s Folly’ for sale for £9 million (despite requiring a further investment of at least £8 million)

March 5, 2016

Five of the Best: The Restoration Show Sale

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times selects five of the best cars on offer at the 6th March Silverstone Auctions’ Restoration Show Sale at the NEC in Birmingham

February 27, 2016

Three umbrellas

by Matthew Steeples

‘Million Dollar Listing’s’ Justin Fichelson lists £12.6 million Carmel estate used by Ferrari and Pagani during the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

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 15, 2016

Selling Clifford

by Matthew Steeples

Max Clifford attempts to sell his bland and frankly boring £3.45 million Surrey home for a million more than he paid for it

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.

February 6, 2016

Moving a mansion

by Matthew Steeples

Washington’s oldest house – which was originally located in Massachusetts – for sale

January 30, 2016

Naff and overpriced

by Matthew Steeples

One of America’s naffest houses returns to the market at a much reduced price of £11.9 million (down from £17.6 million) and with the neighbouring £5.6 million house thrown in as an extra

January 29, 2016

Alison Platt

by General

A “trolley dolly” turned CEO of Britain’s biggest estate agency, Alison Platt sees no difference between selling bleach and houses.

January 18, 2016

Video of the Week: Trump lauds the Clintons

by Matthew Steeples

Senator Ted Cruz shared a video montage in which Donald Trump lauds both Bill and Hillary Clinton on Sunday and in doing so makes a mockery of the King of the Combover (yet again)

HRH Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece and Denmark

by General

One of five children of an exiled prince and hedgefunder and an American heiress, Her Royal Highness Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece and Denmark was born in New York and grew up in Cheyne Walk in London.

A million pound lav

by Matthew Steeples

Former public lavatory in Spitalfields, London, E1 offered for sale for a staggering £1 million

January 9, 2016

Rowling in the Depp

by Matthew Steeples

JK Rowling pays £22 million for a yacht previously owned by Johnny Depp

December 28, 2015

Ellen Perry

by General

Award-winning film director, producer and writer Ellen Perry made her name with her brilliantly insightful documentary film The Fall of Fujimori in 2005.

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

November 17, 2015

Taking Aston to another level

by Matthew Steeples

Aston Martin to be sold in New York could fetch in excess of £10 million and become the highest priced British car ever to be hammered down at auction

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

The justice of house prices

by Matthew Steeples

If a house on Justice Walk in Chelsea sells for its asking price, it will have risen in value by a staggering 817% in 19 years

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.

August 15, 2015

Danielle Rollins

by General

Described as being “vivacious” and a “tastemaker”, Danielle Rollins admits to having been a “very odd child”.

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

July 21, 2015

The house formerly known as Prince

by Matthew Steeples

Despite a Málaga villa built by the musician Prince remaining on the market a year after it was put up for sale, bizarrely its asking price has been increased by £1 million

July 20, 2015

Debbie Bancroft

by General

Debbie Bancroft spends her days amongst the upper echelons of New York and Southampton yet considers the word “socialite” to be “meaningless”.

July 12, 2015

It’s not Alwight

by Matthew Steeples

As Michael Barrymore announces he is to sue the police who arrested him for an alleged murder, it is time he instead took responsibility for his actions

July 9, 2015

Anything but Australian

by Matthew Steeples

One-off Maserati Boomerang heads to auction for just under £3 million

July 4, 2015

Blake Mycoskie

by General

Arlington, Texas born TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie started out selling shoes from his apartment in 2006 and now describes his position within what has become a vastly successful company as “Chief Giver of Shoes”.

July 3, 2015

The W***er’s Tower

by Matthew Steeples

Unfortunately nicknamed Gloucestershire residence hits the market a year after Old Harrovian Sheel Khemka’s first trial

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 24, 2015

Gone With the Mill

by Matthew Steeples

Vivien Leigh’s retreat and final resting place for sale for £3.25 million

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 19, 2015

Emily Mortimer

by General

Oxford educated actor, writer and co-creator of the comedy series Doll & Em Emily Mortimer is the daughter of the Rumpole of the Bailey creator Sir John Mortimer

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 31, 2015

Radovan Vitek

by General

A self-made Czech real estate billionaire, Radovan Vitek was listed as having a worth of £1.1 billion by Forbes in 2015.

May 20, 2015

Maxing the council

by Matthew Steeples

A £1.15 million ex-council flat sums up just how bonkers the Chelsea property market truly is

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

Watering the asylum

by Matthew Steeples

A bizarre, eight-floor converted water tower in the middle of an ugly redevelopment of an Essex lunatic asylum remains on the market despite a price cut of £200,000

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 22, 2015

Leon Max (born Leonid Maxovich Rodovinksi)

by General

Having become “more British than the British” after paying £15 million for Easton Neston House at Towcester in Northamptonshire in 2005, Leon Max got what he described as “a smoking deal” when he snapped up Madonna’s former home 

April 5, 2015

Bunking down

by Matthew Steeples

Converted Cold War nuclear bunker on the edge of London for sale for £3.5 million

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 30, 2015

Kerry Washington

by General

A self-declared activist, Bronx born actress Kerry Washington has an astounding 2 million followers on Twitter.

March 29, 2015

Arjun Waney

by General

Described as “the most successful restaurant creator and investor in Britain” by Newsweek, Arjun Waney is the Karachi born septuagenarian behind restaurants in Dubai, Istanbul, London, Malibu and New York

Mount Vernon: The real Southfork

by Matthew Steeples

Dallas mansion with a prayer room and the largest private bowling centre in America that was previously owned by a billionaire oil baron remains for sale despite a price cut of £7 million

March 23, 2015

Doing Justice

by Matthew Steeples

An 18th century former court house in Chelsea is for sale for £14.5 million or available to rent at £10,000 per week

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 8, 2015

Elizabeth Holmes

by General

Palo Alto, California based Elizabeth Holmes quit Stanford University and made a $4.5 billion fortune as a health technology entrepreneur.

March 5, 2015

Delisted

by Matthew Steeples

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

February 1, 2015

Oliver Trusgnach

by General

A Belgian fantasist, Oliver Trusgnach falsely accused a former Belgian prime minister of abuse before becoming an £18,500 per year antiques gallery manager in Witney, Oxfordshire in 2000.

Emily VanCamp

by General

Canadian actress Emily VanCamp appeared in Everwood between 2002 and 2006 and Brothers & Sisters from 2006 to 2010.

January 13, 2015

Locking up the local

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests that the closure of the Knightsbridge restaurant Racine brings with it another nail in the coffin of dining out in The Royal Borough

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.

September 2, 2014

Sun, sand and salt

by Matthew Steeples

 A £1.375 million house in a Norfolk village with connections to James Blunt   The summer is nearly over but many of you no doubt will find yourselves continuing to hanker after the sun and sand. A new house named Marshlands in the village of Cley next the Sea in North Norfolk could offer you … Continue reading “Sun, sand and salt”

July 11, 2014

Drugs and Dents

by Matthew Steeples

A Cumbrian mansion built by opium traders and more recently used by cannabis growers comes to the market for just £1.5 million   Built by the well-known Dent family, who made their fortune trading both tea and opium, Flass is a vast 23,000 square foot Palladian mansion on the outskirts of the village of Maulds … Continue reading “Drugs and Dents”

April 29, 2014

Max’s smalls

by Matthew Steeples

There’s nothing worse than being Max Clifford   ‘Grubby publicist’ has been the description that has been attached to Max Clifford for many years but with his conviction yesterday on eight counts of indecent assault, that can now be replaced by ‘sexual abuser’, ‘liar’ and most tellingly ‘the man with the small penis’.

April 13, 2014

From the ashes

by Matthew Steeples

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 … Continue reading “From the ashes”

December 23, 2013

A Prodigy house

by Matthew Steeples

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.

December 20, 2013

Lewis Moody: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

20 questions with former English rugby union player and England captain Lewis Moody   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Family and friends who will always keep you grounded and honest   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? A man’s character … Continue reading “Lewis Moody: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

December 18, 2013

Messing about on the Mouette

by Matthew Steeples

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 … Continue reading “Messing about on the Mouette”

September 23, 2013

Price vs. Patience

by Matthew Steeples

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 … Continue reading “Price vs. Patience”

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”

August 31, 2013

Wally of the Week: David Irving

by Matthew Steeples

Holocaust denier made a fool of (yet again)   We thought that horrific Holocaust denier David Irving had disappeared but sadly that’s not the case. He’s back and he’s still spouting nonsense, drivel and poison. Thankfully though, he’s been royally stitched up again and for that reason he is the most worthy winner of our … Continue reading “Wally of the Week: David Irving”

August 25, 2013

Michael Cassidy

by Matthew Steeples

Portland, Oregon born Cassidy is best known for his role as Zach Stevens in The O.C. He has subsequently appeared in Smallville, Hidden Palms, Argo and Scandal and is one of the main characters in Men at Work. If Cassidy weren’t an actor, he’d like to have been a novelist or professional tennis player and … Continue reading “Michael Cassidy”

August 24, 2013

Who’s shooting?

by Matthew Steeples

Rolls-Royce shooting brake commissioned by John Entwistle of The Who goes to auction   In the manner typical of a rock star, The Who’s John Entwistle never learnt to drive. Instead, the legendary bass player bought cars because he liked to “drink in them”. One – specially adapted to suit an Irish Wolfhound named Fits … Continue reading “Who’s shooting?”

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