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Tag: sale

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”

April 29, 2017

Clocking a Porsche

by Matthew Steeples

1993 Porsche 911 with 6.2 miles on the clock to be auctioned; the price will astound   A racetrack ready 1993 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR that has just 6.2 miles (10 kilometres) on its clock is to be sold in Italy next month.   The 3.8-litre fully race prepared car was special ordered and delivered … Continue reading “Clocking a Porsche”

March 19, 2017

A Musical Roller

by Matthew Steeples

Rolls-Royce previously owned by musicians Kenney Jones and Vangelis to be auctioned   A 1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III drophead coupé complete with ‘Chinese Eyes’ quad headlights that was owned by the drummer Kenney Jones and the electronic musician Vangelis is to be sold at auction next week.   The mid-metallic blue with beige hide … Continue reading “A Musical Roller”

March 7, 2017

Lee Brahim Murray-Lamrani (AKA ‘Lightning Lee’ and ‘The Stopwatch’)

by General

The “mastermind of Britain’s biggest cash robbery”, “from the streets kid” and “scary son of a b**ch” Lee Murray was born in Greenwich and nicknamed (much to his displeasure) ‘The Alien’ by fellow members of what was known as the ‘Buttmarsh Boys’ gang. He “liked punching people almost at random in the street”, turned to … Continue reading “Lee Brahim Murray-Lamrani (AKA ‘Lightning Lee’ and ‘The Stopwatch’)”

September 18, 2016

Topping a sale

by Matthew Steeples

Highest penthouse in western hemisphere sells for £67.5 million   On Friday, the property news site 6sqft reported that a Saudi billionaire had just paid £67.5 million ($87.7 million or €78.6 million) for a New York penthouse at 432 Park Avenue that is currently the highest of any in the western hemisphere.   According to … Continue reading “Topping a sale”

March 18, 2016

Rock’s Terraplane

by Matthew Steeples

Kid Rock to sell 1935 Hudson Terraplane featured in 2009 film ‘Public Enemies’

December 19, 2015

Gin is in

by Matthew Steeples

Report reveals UK gin sales have topped £1 billion for the first time

November 23, 2015

A practical Aston

by Matthew Steeples

Rare 1963 Aston Martin built with a view to be “equally suitable to drive or be driven in” to be auctioned with an estimate £377,000 higher than its 2006 £23,000 selling price

June 6, 2015

A royal smuggler

by Matthew Steeples

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

June 3, 2015

A penthouse barbecue

by Matthew Steeples

An evening showcase of Chavín Jewellery with a barbecue by Le ‘Bab

May 21, 2015

A light mile

by Matthew Steeples

Running shoes in which Sir Roger Bannister became the first man to run a sub four-minute mile to be sold for £30,000 to £50,000 in the Christie’s ‘Out of the Ordinary’ sale

March 29, 2015

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

December 25, 2014

A Christmas wish

by Matthew Steeples

Merry Christmas from all at ‘The Steeple Times’

October 18, 2014

A crystal wheeler

by Matthew Steeples

Britain’s tackiest car, a crystal covered Mercedes, sells for just under £155,000   A previous Wally of the Week, Daria Radionova, might not be such a fool after all given that she has just sold her Swarovski crystal covered Mercedes CLS 350 for the astonishing figure of £154,600.

September 9, 2014

Keep an eye on the auctions

by Matthew Steeples

An analysis of the results of the Christie’s Out of the Ordinary and RM Auctions Battersea sales

August 25, 2014

A future classic

by Matthew Steeples

Former Brunei royal household Bentley Turbo ‘S’ heads to auction just as Kim Kardashian lifts her boycott of The Beverly Hills Hotel   The Sultan of Brunei might be worth £12 billion but he certainly isn’t a popular man right now. As the boycott of his hotels – including The Dorchester in London and Coworth … Continue reading “A future classic”

August 22, 2014

Inspiring the Wraith

by Matthew Steeples

1951 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn coupé by Pininfarina that inspired the design of the current Wraith model heads to auction   A one-off 1951 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn coupé by Pininfarina was the most expensive car in the world when built in 1951 and more recently it inspired the design of the company’s popular Wraith model. The … Continue reading “Inspiring the Wraith”

July 4, 2014

Limo Communism

by Matthew Steeples

Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman once owed by Communist Party commander Chen Yi goes to auction   Communist and dictators are amongst the well-known to have purchased Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman limousines and one fine example is about to go to auction with Bonhams on 12th July

May 3, 2014

Take Owen

by Matthew Steeples

Former home of Take That’s Mark Owen for sale   In 1996, at the age of just 24, Mark Owen paid £300,000 for Leck Hill House, near Kirkby Lonsdale on the borders of Lancashire and Cumbria. At the time, The Mirror described how he’d “fallen in love” with the house and we can see why.

December 17, 2013

Bears and postmen

by Matthew Steeples

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 … Continue reading “Bears and postmen”

September 19, 2013

Lehmaned down

by Matthew Steeples

As Lehman Brothers sign sells for just £9,375 at Christie’s, one bidder disputes the sale price and former executives party   The Lehman Brothers sign we featured earlier this month achieved just £9,375 in this week’s Christie’s South Kensington sale.

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?”

August 22, 2013

Hawking The Hempel

by Matthew Steeples

Contents of The Hempel Hotel to be sold at auction   The contents of Bayswater’s iconic The Hempel Hotel, originally designed by Anouska Hempel, are to be sold following the building’s sale to British Land for £33 million in March.

April 29, 2013

Popping out

by Matthew Steeples

The overuse of the word “pop-up”   On Radio 4 this morning, a presenter commented: “I refuse to call it a ‘pop-up’. If we have any more of them, I’ll pop”. At a lunch yesterday I debated the description with a number of others and was surprised to find that the majority felt that it … Continue reading “Popping out”

April 14, 2013

Moving on

by Matthew Steeples

A monthly round up of the moves of the newsworthy   Fishing around   Poissonnerie on Draycott Avenue, popular with the likes of Sir Michael Caine and Sir Roger Moore, is for sale through Miles Commercial. The 6,700 square foot property, owned by respected restaurateur Peter Rosignoli, has a price tag of £14,000,000 and the agents … Continue reading “Moving on”

March 27, 2013

Taking a view

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of a historic £22 million residence on London’s Cheyne Walk   Cheyne Walk in Chelsea is amongst the addresses that an estate agent would describe as “the most sought after in London”. Up there in the company of the Bishops Avenue, Grosvenor Square and Cadogan Square, it has moved from having been home … Continue reading “Taking a view”

March 14, 2013

Bankrupt in Barton Street

by Matthew Steeples

The story of “fallen tycoon” Brian O’Donnell, the differences between bankruptcy in the UK and Ireland and an £11 million mansion   In these straightened times, the media in general and the Daily Mail in particular quickly latch on to stories about benefit scroungers living in luxury homes. They’re less quick, however, with the exception … Continue reading “Bankrupt in Barton Street”

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”

November 23, 2012

Shia LaBeouf

by Matthew Steeples

This Californian became a child star to help solve the financial woes of his family. He excelled in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and received a $15 million cheque for Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Aside from acting, he’s been in relationships with Carey Mulligan, Isabel Lucas and Megan Fox but it is bar brawls … Continue reading “Shia LaBeouf”

November 4, 2012

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 29, 2012

Docked excess

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples compares two comparable examples of motoring excess: the “Golden Zebra” and the Fulda Maybach Exelero   In recent weeks I’ve received a number of messages about an $8,000,000 car named a Fulda Maybach Exelero. One of them referred to it as “one of the most over the top cars on the planet” and … Continue reading “Docked excess”

October 14, 2012

Rocking with royalty

by Matthew Steeples

A £26 million residence with connections to rock, royalty and rectors   Built in the early 1500s, The Old Rectory is Wimbledon’s oldest house. Standing in grounds of 2.5 acres, this 16,200 square foot property was once described by a biographer of Sir Henry Cecil as being “not luxurious, but adequate” but now once again … Continue reading “Rocking with royalty”

October 7, 2012

Reversing Fortunes: Tales of former home of Claus von Bulow

by Matthew Steeples

A most curious tale of playboys, socialites, lawyers and real estate moguls   This week the mystery buyer of Clarendon Court, the former marital home of Claus and Martha “Sunny” Von Bülow (1932 – 2008), was revealed as a restaurateur and real estate mogul named Paul Roiff. Separately, the New York Post reported that Mr … Continue reading “Reversing Fortunes: Tales of former home of Claus von Bulow”

October 4, 2012

Why pay less?

by Matthew Steeples

Living life to the full Donald G. Abbey style   “Why pay less when you can pay more?” is a mantra that some strangely choose to live by. In my time, I have encountered a couple with a different Ferrari for each day of the week, someone who proudly declared their home had a window … Continue reading “Why pay less?”

September 22, 2012

Rowling on

by Matthew Steeples

J.K. Rowling sells the home where she first moved after the initial success of her “Harry Potter” series   Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is a lady said to be worth some $1 billion. Her path from “rags to riches” is well documented but the announcement of the sale of the Edinburgh home she first … Continue reading “Rowling on”

September 20, 2012

Dad’s van

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of the 1935 Ford used as Lance Corporal Jones’s butcher’s van in “Dad’s Army”   A highlight in Bonhams’s 3rd December sale at Mercedes-Benz World Brooklands in Weybridge, Surrey will be a van used as Lance Corporal Jones’s butcher’s van in the classic television series, Dad’s Army.   Currently part of the Patrick … Continue reading “Dad’s van”

July 21, 2012

Luca Del Bono

by Matthew Steeples

This stylish Anglo-Italian entrepreneur was one of the founders of Quintessentially. Charm personified, Del Bono now assists wealthy foreigners invest in London’s finest homes and businesses. His most talked about venture is a £100 million project that will turn 50 St James’s Street into a member’s club, spa and hotel. In the residential sector, he … Continue reading “Luca Del Bono”

May 13, 2012

Owen Oyston

by Matthew Steeples

This flamboyant fedora wearing tycoon made his fortune selling an estate agency empire just before the 1987 stock market crash. He’s now worth in excess of £100 million. Married twice to a former Miss Blackpool, his 13th century Lancashire home, Claughton Hall, was moved from the bottom of a hill to the top. He served … Continue reading “Owen Oyston”

March 28, 2012

Sophie’s choice

by Matthew Steeples

Tablecloths and bedspreads from Jaipur   It is always good to see a young friend launching a new business and Sophie Rossdale is a fine example of such.   During a trip to India, Rossdale discovered a team of artisans who made the most appealing tablecloths and bedspreads and set about importing them into the … Continue reading “Sophie’s choice”

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