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Tag: artwork

September 26, 2017

A Romantic’s Tower

by Matthew Steeples

Tower house on Isle of Man that was home to the Romantic artist John Martin for sale for £3.95 million   Described as “the most sublime and extraordinary pictures in the world” by critic Simon Wilson and “the most popular painter of his day” by fellow artist Sir Thomas Lawrence, English Romantic painter John Martin … Continue reading “A Romantic’s Tower”

September 20, 2017

Hammering Harris

by Matthew Steeples

Two works by paedophile Rolf Harris withdrawn from auction whilst one of a baby remains for sale online   In the wake of his conviction in 2014 for abusing women and girls as young as 8 years old, many of the frankly crap paintings by the repugnant monster Rolf Harris were burnt by those who’d … Continue reading “Hammering Harris”

July 9, 2017

Expensive Shit

by Matthew Steeples

‘SHIT’ to be sold at Christie’s in South Kensington; it comes at quite a price   A painting which simply depicts the word ‘SHIT’ is to be sold at Christie’s in South Kensington, London this month.   Offered with an estimate of £2,000 to £4,000 ($2,590 to $5,180, €2,260 to €4,520 or درهم9,470 to درهم18,940) … Continue reading “Expensive Shit”

February 22, 2017

Take Me To The Gold Park

by Matthew Steeples

Outrageously over-the-top Beverly Hills pad complete with gold accessories galore goes on sale for £80 million; buyers will get a gold Lamborghini, a gold Rolls-Royce and 170 gold coloured bottles of Cristal   Sold last for £7.7 million ($9.8 million, €9.3 million or درهم36 million) in 2012 when it was a 5,926 square foot house, … Continue reading “Take Me To The Gold Park”

August 11, 2016

A paedophile profits

by Matthew Steeples

Jailed paedophile Rolf Harris set to profit from sale of first original work since he was jailed   Since he was jailed, no painting by the filthy paedophile Rolf Harris has been sold at auction. That’s now about to change given a work by the disgraced 85-year old is being offered in an online auction … Continue reading “A paedophile profits”

July 28, 2016

Quoting Darth Vader

by Matthew Steeples

Theresa May to strip Downing Street of artwork in order to install her version of the ‘Ed Stone’   On Tuesday, The Independent revealed that Theresa May is to “replace some of the artwork hanging in Downing Street with framed quotations of the speech she made upon becoming Prime Minister”.   In the speech, May … Continue reading “Quoting Darth Vader”

May 9, 2016

HIM and Hitler

by Matthew Steeples

Likeness of Hitler sells for £11.9 million in New York

April 3, 2016

Two guys sitting at a bar

by Matthew Steeples

An amusing artwork based on a conversation at a bar is to be offered at Christie’s in London in April

December 4, 2015

What makes art sell?

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times’ first panel debate at the Library members’ club featured four art experts and the question: “What makes art sell?”

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”

March 22, 2014

The best of BADA

by Matthew Steeples

A roundup of the art worth seeing at BADA   The BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair on Chelsea’s Duke of York Square is an annual showcase of art and antiques that range in price from £100 to £1 million. Here, The Steeple Times picks three of our favourite items on display that suit a … Continue reading “The best of BADA”

December 20, 2013

The king of burgers

by Matthew Steeples

A review of Patty & Bun in W1   Burger lovers are spoilt for choice in Central London but undoubtedly one of the best offerings we’ve tried this year has to be Patty & Bun close to Selfridges in W1.

September 29, 2013

Selling the V&A

by Matthew Steeples

Forthcoming V&A exhibition questions London’s property bubble   A 25-metre hoarding outside the V&A announces that this “unique property at [a] prime cultural heritage location” is for sale. However, before “Angry of Tunbridge Wells” erupts, it must be added that the advert is just a stunt. The poster is for a major new installation named … Continue reading “Selling the V&A”

April 30, 2013

Kipton Cronkite: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks art curator, advisor and advocate Kipton Cronkite: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? I surround myself with those who remind me not to take life too seriously and to laugh, no matter what. For new relationships, focus on those who have … Continue reading “Kipton Cronkite: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

March 16, 2013

Magnificently CUT

by Matthew Steeples

A review of Wolfgang Puck’s CUT at 45 Park Lane   Continuing our series of revisiting articles from the blog that preceded The Steeple Times, today we re-publish our review of CUT at 45 Park Lane. We’re delighted to report that it’s just as good today.   Wolfgang Puck once commented that he “learned more … Continue reading “Magnificently CUT”

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 4, 2013

Till death do us part

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of a $100 million Californian estate with a catch   If you were to spend $100,000,000 on a house, you’d expect something impressive. I imagine you’d want acreage, vast amounts of space and something luxurious. Stunning views and a prime location would be a must but at the bottom of your list, no … Continue reading “Till death do us part”

December 6, 2012

Hallowed Be Thy Name

by steepleadmin

Andreas Kirchberger captures guests and performers at a private view of Zoobs: Hallowed Be Thy Name   On 31st October, Mews42 gallery and Northacre Plc hosted a private view titled Zoobs: Hallowed Be Thy Name in Battersea’s iconic Albion Riverside development. As well as showcasing a variety of artworks, Ilona Pacia of Mews42 also displayed … Continue reading “Hallowed Be Thy Name”

November 25, 2012

Richard Caring

by Matthew Steeples

Of Italian-Jewish descent, Caring is of the “supermarket-sweep” school of empire building. This billionaire started out in the rag trade but now controls the majority of the top restaurants and clubs in Central London. He survived the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and viewed that to be a wakeup call. Since then he’s donated millions to … Continue reading “Richard Caring”

June 30, 2012

Win tickets to Masterpiece

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times prize draw for tickets to Masterpiece London 2012   Masterpiece London 2012 is a truly spectacular event. Held between the 28th June and 4th July in the grounds of The Royal Hospital in Chelsea, this fair features the very best antiques, art and luxury goods in the world.   We at The … Continue reading “Win tickets to Masterpiece”

May 7, 2012

The Rt. Hon. The Lord Archer

by Matthew Steeples

Jeffrey’s invented a lot of tales but is rightly renowned for spinning them brilliantly. This former politician wrote some brilliant diaries whilst in prison and now is mostly likely to be found doing charitable deeds. His shepherd’s pie and Krug parties are still the stuff of legends.

May 5, 2012

William Cookson

by Matthew Steeples

An “urban abstract” artist who also paints a superb portrait. His family founded the renowned CV Travel empire that turned Corfu into “Kensington-on-Sea.” George Osborne rented his mother’s home in Corfu 2008 and whilst there controversially met with the billionaire financier Nat Rothschild and Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. One of four brothers, he’s exhibited at … Continue reading “William Cookson”

April 28, 2012

Kipton Cronkite

by Matthew Steeples

A truly social figure in New York, Cronkite has had to endure more than his fair share of gossip. This former banker has been aiding emerging artists through his e-commerce websites since 2005 and has truly changed the way artists and collectors interact. KiptonART was renamed @60” in June 2012 after going into business with … Continue reading “Kipton Cronkite”

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