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March 12, 2019

Parrot Trends

by Matthew Steeples

“Very British” parrot named Nigel trends on social media; you could not make his story up   A grey African parrot described as “very British” called Nigel has bizarrely been trending on social media this morning.   Owned by the amusingly named Darren Chick, a Brit living in America, Nigel disappeared from his home in … Continue reading “Parrot Trends”

February 1, 2019

Shame, Sheep and Trumps

by Matthew Steeples

Donald Trump’s son and his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle – the ex-wife of the Democrat ‘Gavinator’ and governor of California – should be utterly ashamed of themselves for associating with the alligator, bear, goat and sheep slayer Larysa Switlyk   Opportunist of the first order Kimberly Guilfoyle and her recently acquired elephant slayer boyfriend Donald Trump … Continue reading “Shame, Sheep and Trumps”

January 8, 2019

Arise The Gavinator

by Matthew Steeples

Gavin Newsom brings hope to America and we expect him to great things as 40th Governor of California; we also urge him to do what he can to free the victims of parental abuse, the Menendez brothers   Gavin Newsom, as the 42nd Mayor of San Francisco, achieved much. This spirited businessman brought in same-sex … Continue reading “Arise The Gavinator”

December 26, 2018

Gertrude Bell did NOT live here

by Matthew Steeples

Should there be a blue plaque in honour of the controversial explorer Gertrude Bell in Cadogan Square in spite of the fact she did not actually “live” there?   Today, in The Guardian, arts correspondent Mark Brown reported on the controversy that has arisen as a result of English Heritage deciding it appropriate to approve … Continue reading “Gertrude Bell did NOT live here”

December 19, 2018

Yuletide Stunt

by Matthew Steeples

James Stunt shares his views on his ex-wife and her family, Lord Rothermere and others who’ve caused him ill – be prepared to be surprised at what he has to say   In a 12:28 minute video uploaded to YouTube, James Stunt has produced a Christmas missive in which he shares his thoughts on his … Continue reading “Yuletide Stunt”

December 3, 2018

A Dictator Rides

by Matthew Steeples

Superb example of the “world’s ultimate limousine” to be auctioned; the Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman was the favourite of dictators across the globe   Produced from 1963 to 1981 with a run of 2,677 units made, the Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman – also known as the ‘Grosser’ or ‘Grand Mercedes’ – is undoubtedly a star amongst cars. … Continue reading “A Dictator Rides”

November 13, 2018

A Romantic Takeaway

by Matthew Steeples

Mail Online focuses on the story of the year – that Spencer Matthews and his wife went on “date night” at the British Takeaway Awards; you couldn’t make it up   You can rely on the Mail Online to publish relevant stories. Aside from the fact we’re in the midst of Brexit chaos and California … Continue reading “A Romantic Takeaway”

October 19, 2018

Hit the Road Marilyn

by Matthew Steeples

Marilyn Monroe’s 1956 Ford Thunderbird to be auctioned   A 1956 Ford Thunderbird gifted as a Christmas present to Marilyn Monroe in 1955 by her business partner, the photographer Milton Greene, is to be auctioned in November.   The raven black roadster bodied automatic – dubbed a “personal luxury car” by Ford – comes with … Continue reading “Hit the Road Marilyn”

September 4, 2018

Davide Giardino – What’s on your mantelpiece?

by General

A 20-question interview with economist turned real estate investor Davide Giardino   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom.” What’s your guiding force? “The happiness and success of those closest to my heart.”   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “If you keep your destiny in … Continue reading “Davide Giardino – What’s on your mantelpiece?”

August 16, 2018

A Funicular Feat

by Matthew Steeples

Highest asking price ever for a property on Lake Tahoe is sought for a compound complete with two glass funiculars; it could be yours for £60 million   Situated on 5.14 acres and having 525-foot of frontage to Lake Tahoe in Nevada, a 16,232 square foot mansion complete has gone on sale.   Built between … Continue reading “A Funicular Feat”

August 12, 2018

A Low-Cost Limo

by Matthew Steeples

Perfect car for Hillary Clinton to be auctioned for just £7,800 in Indiana; replica Cadillac One truly is worthy of the name ‘The Beast’   Hillary Clinton could finally fulfill part of her power hungry ways if she headed to the RM Sotheby’s Auburn Fall sale later this month.   Part of the Calumet Collection … Continue reading “A Low-Cost Limo”

February 24, 2018

A Rolls for an Estate

by Matthew Steeples

Quirky 1995 Rolls-Royce estate car for sale for just shy of £100,000; it’s perfect for picnics and conveying posh pooches   A 1995 special edition Rolls-Royce Flying Spur converted to an estate car in recent years from a Silver Spur III with just 25,000 miles on the clock is currently for sale for £99,000 ($138,000, … Continue reading “A Rolls for an Estate”

February 23, 2018

Going For Booze

by Matthew Steeples

Study reveals old aged folk who get fat and enjoy a tipple or two tend to live longer   On Wednesday in society magazine Town & Country, Sam Dangremond revealed that “drinking alcohol could be the key to living past 90.”   Quoting The 90+ Study, “one of the largest studies of the oldest-old in … Continue reading “Going For Booze”

February 15, 2018

Menendez Reunited

by Matthew Steeples

Brothers and victims of parental abuse Erik and Lyle Menendez to be rightly reunited in prison after 22 years apart   Last autumn’s Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders brought renewed interest in the case of Erik and Lyle Menendez, two brothers jailed for life without parole in 1996 for the murder of … Continue reading “Menendez Reunited”

December 29, 2017

Class v. Brass

by Matthew Steeples

Whilst the Chelsea Arts Club is right to put on a bit of Moulin Rouge this season, Petra Ecclestone’s show next door is nothing but gaudy   In their final outing of the year, the Chelsea Arts Club have decorated their façade with a theme based upon Moulin Rouge. It stands out but it has … Continue reading “Class v. Brass”

November 13, 2017

Opening up Menéndez

by Matthew Steeples

Previously publicity shy Menéndez brothers both speak publicly about killing their parents in the wake of the success of NBC’s ‘Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders’   Erik and Lyle Menéndez, the brothers convicted of murdering their allegedly abusive multi-millionaire parents José and Mary ‘Kitty’ Menéndez at their home in Beverly Hills, California … Continue reading “Opening up Menéndez”

October 16, 2017

More on Menéndez

by Matthew Steeples

As Lyle Menéndez creates a Facebook page about the case against him and his brother Erik, a juror contacts ‘The Steeple Times’ and brands their conviction for killing their wealthy parents “imperfect self-defence”   Renewed interest in the 1989 murders of the multi-millionaires José and Mary ‘Kitty’ Menéndez by their sons, Erik and Lyle, has … Continue reading “More on Menéndez”

September 17, 2017

A Caged Crib

by Matthew Steeples

Former San Francisco home of actor Nicolas Cage for sale for £11.4 million or 660% more than it sold for in 1996   Thrice married and an Academy Award winning actor Nicolas Cage is also known for lavish spending. Aside from once buying twenty-two cars in one hit – including a “squadron” of nine Rolls-Royce … Continue reading “A Caged Crib”

September 9, 2017

Gone with the Joseffs

by Matthew Steeples

Vivien Leigh’s necklace and Clark Gable’s cigarette case from ‘Gone with the Wind’ to be sold at auction in Los Angeles   Gone with the Wind is undoubtedly one of the all-time classic films. It took in excess of $390 million at the box office, won an astonishing eight Academy Awards in 1940 and propelled … Continue reading “Gone with the Joseffs”

Pritikin’s Folly

by Matthew Steeples

Kitsch San Francisco mansion turned private museum that houses everything from Hitler memorabilia to a portrait turned down by Prince Philip for sale for £9.5 million   The collection of a former advertising executive turned San Francisco based bon viveur named Robert C. Pritikin – better known as ‘Bob’ to his friends – includes everything … Continue reading “Pritikin’s Folly”

August 18, 2017

Flying a White Elephant

by Matthew Steeples

Orange County mega-estate sold last for £14 million on an original asking price of £67 million offered for sale again for £43 million after death of owner   The largest residential estate on the Newport Coast of California is back on the market. One Pelican Hill Road North in Newport Beach – alternatively known as … Continue reading “Flying a White Elephant”

August 8, 2017

Parked in Pacific Heights

by Matthew Steeples

A rare thing – A Pacific Heights, San Francisco house with a 9-car garage that has been dramatically reduced in price by £1 million   Extending to 7,580 square feet in total and on a corner plot, 2190 Vallejo Street in San Francisco is a detached 5-storey residence with a private garage with space for … Continue reading “Parked in Pacific Heights”

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 31, 2017

Public vs. Private

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests respected actor George Clooney and publicity desperado Karen Danczuk provide contrasting examples about the ethics of paparazzi intrusion and media manipulation   Paparazzi intrusion and media manipulation are interlinked hot potatoes that look unlikely to be resolved anytime soon. Two very different examples emerged in recent days of very different behavior by … Continue reading “Public vs. Private”

June 15, 2017

Peaking in Pacific Heights

by Matthew Steeples

Indication of booming realty market in San Francisco provided in the form of a Pacific Heights pad offered for sale for 1,503% more than it sold 20 years ago   A detached house in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights that dates to 1906 has gone on sale for a sum £9.8 million higher than it sold … Continue reading “Peaking in Pacific Heights”

June 7, 2017

A Pint-Sized Peel

by Matthew Steeples

Tiny 1965 Peel Trident to be auctioned; it is the smallest two seater car ever made, is offered without reserve but is expected to achieve upwards of £80,000   One of just sixty made and an example of the only production car the Isle of Man has ever produced, a fully restored 73-inch long, 39-inch … Continue reading “A Pint-Sized Peel”

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 27, 2017

Anything But A Steel

by Matthew Steeples

Renovated Pacific Heights, San Francisco residence with Danielle Steel as a neighbour for sale for sum 652% higher than it sold for in 1994   A buyer wishing to live just to the north of Danielle Steel’s architecturally striking ‘Spreckels Mansion’ home can now purchase 1994 Jackson Street in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights.   For … Continue reading “Anything But A Steel”

May 13, 2017

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 3, 2017

Stoddart Stateside

by Matthew Steeples

A preview of John Stoddart’s exhibition at Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills   Tonight, in California, an exhibition of the works of photographer to the stars John Stoddart will be opened with a reception at Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.     A whole array of guests are expected at the event and … Continue reading “Stoddart Stateside”

April 30, 2017

A Pointedly Pricey Plot

by Matthew Steeples

Seriously expensive waterfront building plot goes on sale outside San Francisco; it comes with plans for the perfect home for a tech titan   14.5 acres of forested land with 2,000 feet of frontage to San Francisco Bay shoreline has gone on sale for what could be one of the highest prices ever for a … Continue reading “A Pointedly Pricey Plot”

April 17, 2017

0800 Rolls

by Matthew Steeples

Custard yellow Rolls-Royce complete with ‘0800’ numberplate takes to the streets of Knightsbridge   Each year a bevvy of Arab and Russian owned supercars arrives in London and each year they get more outlandish. An especially fine example has just descended in the form of a bright yellow Rolls-Royce Phantom coupé complete with the registration … Continue reading “0800 Rolls”

April 13, 2017

Martina Big

by Matthew Steeples

Born white in Bernkastel-Kues, Germany in 1989, but now perceived by many to be black, “pneumatic chested” Martina Big increased her cleavage to a 32S and “turned her pale skin a deep mahogany shade that draws stares from strangers everywhere she goes”. A former air hostess turned glamour model, Miss Big appeared on ITV1’s This … Continue reading “Martina Big”

March 18, 2017

Charlot Malin (1969 – 2017)

by Matthew Steeples

Oslo born, San Francisco based interior designer and philanthropist Charlot D. Malin had a day named in her honour by The City and County of San Francisco in November 2016. A mother of twins and the co-founder of Troon Pacific Inc. with her husband Gregory, “forward-thinking” Malin worked on properties for George Lucas and Robert … Continue reading “Charlot Malin (1969 – 2017)”

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”

February 14, 2017

Stephen Miller

by Matthew Steeples

“Insufferable liar” Stephen Miller hails from a “liberal-leaning Jewish family” from Santa Monica, California but became right-of-right after reading a book by the CEO of that National Rifle Association, Wayne LaPierre. He was born in 1985, is a graduate of Duke University and was appointed Senior Policy Advisor to the President by Donald Trump in … Continue reading “Stephen Miller”

February 6, 2017

Sex and the Single Zillionaire

by Matthew Steeples

Belvedere, CA home of late tech billionaire and author of ‘Sex and the Single Zillionaire’ Thomas Perkins for sale; he entertained amongst others Sophia Loren and Rupert Murdoch there   Thomas Perkins (1932 – 2016) had it all. Born in New York, this Harvard University and MIT graduate made his fortune in Silicon Valley, California … Continue reading “Sex and the Single Zillionaire”

February 4, 2017

Anything Can Happen

by Matthew Steeples

5,000 acre Irish estate where “anything can happen” for sale for £24.1 million; its current owner would prefer a buyer who’ll allow him to use it for three months a year   Michael Jackson hid out at Luggala in County Wicklow, Ireland in 2006 for three months after being cleared of child molestation charges and … Continue reading “Anything Can Happen”

October 17, 2016

Anything But Ordinary

by Matthew Steeples

A property named ‘2431 Riviera Drive’ sounds ordinary but its setting is anything but that – and it has a price tag to match   ‘2431 Riviera Drive’ isn’t the most fetching name for a house but in Irvine Cove, Laguna Beach, California just such a property is for sale. It comes with an especially … Continue reading “Anything But Ordinary”

September 18, 2016

Douglas Durst

by General

“Real estate royal” Douglas Durst had his leg amputated in 2015 and is the brother of the cross-dressing body dismemberer and suspected killer Robert Durst. The part owner of one of America’s top organic farms, Durst is a prominent environmentalist and owns, as part of his $5.2 billion portfolio, a $100 million or 10% stake … Continue reading “Douglas Durst”

August 23, 2016

Eric Meier– What’s on your mantelpiece?

by General

A 20-question interview with jetsetter Eric Meier   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? My intuition.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? ‘Forgive but don’t forget’.   Kerry Katona was considered unacceptable in 2007. Who or what is unacceptable in … Continue reading “Eric Meier– What’s on your mantelpiece?”

May 11, 2016

Fine tech

by Matthew Steeples

£6.4 million San Francisco house complete with an accessory perfect for any ‘tech boomer’

March 22, 2016

Brooke Barzun

by General

Art curator, philanthropist and ambassador’s wife Brooke Barzun is of Pilgrim Fathers ancestry and hails from the family that controls Jack Daniel’s.

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 29, 2016

Putting May under the Spotlight

by Matthew Steeples

The success of Spotlight at the 88th Academy Awards sends a reminder to political figures that child abuse should not be swept under the carpet by Theresa May or anyone else

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

January 7, 2016

A Kaiser double

by Matthew Steeples

Rare 1954 Kaiser-Darrin roadsters to be auctioned in Arizona and Paris; they come complete with unusual sliding doors

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 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

September 19, 2015

27 Forever

by Matthew Steeples

’27 Club’ member Janis Joplin’s custom 1965 Porsche 356C 1600 cabriolet heads to auction with a guide of £260,000 and thus proves it wasn’t just “my friends [whom] all drive Porsches”

July 25, 2015

Slash and die

by Matthew Steeples

Asking price of Californian estate cut by £37.8 million; condition of owner being allowed to live there until he dies removed

July 3, 2015

Another blow for Trump

by Matthew Steeples

Lieutenant Governor of California Gavin Newsom takes to Facebook to describe Donald Trump as “offensive and dangerous”

June 29, 2015

Mikel Ruffinelli

by General

Despite being an iceberg beyond being just larger than life, Californian Mikel Ruffinelli describes her eight foot wide “diva hips” as “looking beautiful”.

June 3, 2015

If you’re bored of Miami Beach…

by Matthew Steeples

Calvin Klein is bored of living in the “resort” of Miami Beach and has placed his £10.4 million home on the market

May 30, 2015

Far from moderation

by Matthew Steeples

American diet guru Jenny Craig’s ocean side residence remains on the market for £25.9 million after one year for sale – it is anything but a symbol of moderation

May 23, 2015

Joey Maalouf

by General

This Los Angeles based hair and make-up artist has 30,000 followers on Twitter.

May 17, 2015

Lynn Wyatt (née Lynn Sakowitz)

by Matthew Steeples

The Houston home of the “ageless wife” of the once jailed Texan oil baron Oscar Wyatt became known as the “Wyatt Hyatt” after becoming a “home away from home” for everyone from Mick Jagger to Princess Margaret

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 18, 2015

Lauding Lucas

by Matthew Steeples

George Lucas’ decision to build affordable housing on his estate is commendable – the Candy brothers in London should take note

April 15, 2015

Sofia Coppola

by General

Deemed a “global Godmother of Cool” by Town & Country, actress, director, producer and screenwriter Sofia Coppola triumphed with Lost in Translation

April 4, 2015

Alphonse Fletcher, Jr. (AKA “Buddy Fletcher”)

by General

The fund founded by “The Black Madoff” was bankrupted in 2012 after Alphonse Fletcher, Jr.’s firms, Fletcher Asset Management and Fletcher International, failed to meet redemption requests of £97 million ($144 million).

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.

Flooding Woodside

by Matthew Steeples

£46.4 million Woodside estate remains for sale despite £10.1 million price cut

March 2, 2015

Russ Weiner

by General

The son of “banned from Britain hatemonger” Michael Savage, Russ Weiner is the creator of the Rockstar energy drink.

February 18, 2015

Amanda Eliasch (née Amanda Brown)

by General

A London and Los Angeles based filmmaker, writer, poet and photographer, Amanda Eliasch was born in Beirut and is a regular on any “most invited list”.

February 12, 2015

Nicolas Bijan Pakzad

by General

The son of the renowned designer and tastemaker Bijan Pikand designed a Rolls-Royce at the age of 18

February 10, 2015

Afton Elaine Burton

by General

A one-time supporter and former fiancée of Charles Manson, Afton Elaine Burton moved from Illinois to Corcoran, California to be closer to a man she believed to be innocent.

January 16, 2015

Savage Savage

by Matthew Steeples

Michael Fabricant MP is wrong to seek a lifting of the ban on shock jock Michael Savage entering Britain

January 8, 2015

Oliver Kremer

by General

The co-founder of New York’s Dos Toros Taqueria chain of Mexican eateries with his brother, Leo, Oliver Kremer describes himself as a “stickler for quality”.

January 5, 2015

Jeremy Lloyd OBE (1930 – 2014)

by General

The co-creator of the BBC sitcoms ‘Allo ‘Allo! and Are You Being Served?, Essex born Jeremy Lloyd began his career as a road digger, light-bulb inspector and paint salesman.

December 26, 2014

Zack Peck (also known as Zackary Peck)

by General

The grandson of the late, great actor Gregory Peck and the son of a wannabe actor named Anthony Peck and “the first American supermodel”, Cheryl Tiegs.

October 10, 2014

Sarah Meakin

by General

Based in San Francisco and the co-founder of the Tal-y-Tara tea and polo shop

September 22, 2014