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Let there be light!

Thomas James examines the Luzinterruptus art movement   Luzinterruptus is a Spanish artistic group, who create temporary urban interventions in public spaces. Using light as their primary component and the black of night as their canvas,...

A Gipsy flies

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...

Blessed Beckham

Victoria Beckham tours Brian Blessed’s former home   In April, the blog that preceded The Steeple Times featured an article on Clarence House in Richmond.   At the time this former school and home of actor Brian Blessed...

Ecstasy and Babycham

A marine residence with a history tied to the Rolls-Royce Spirit of Ecstasy, the Special Operations Executive and Babycham   The House on the Shore on Thorns Beach at Beaulieu in Hampshire is a home that...

Move It Like Beckham

Another rumoured sale of “Beckingham Palace” is reported   November 2012: In March this year, the blog that preceded The Steeple Times looked into reports that David and Victoria Beckham would be selling their Hertfordshire home,...

All work and no bunga bunga makes Versace a good boy

A Modernist masterpiece based upon simple rationalism   Two buildings were designed by architects Carlo di Carli and Antonio Carminati in 1953 – 1954 in Milan’s Via dei Giardini. Both are considered Modernist masterpieces and...

The Hamptons: where the upper classes of New York holiday

Thomas James on the playground of the rich and famous that is The Hamptons     One of the most popular guest features on the blog that preceded The Steeple Times was this article by Thomas James....

Fry's delight

Andreas Kirchberger captures the atmosphere at a private view of the works of Robert Fry   On Thursday 25th October, Ilona Pacia and Jesper Thomsen of Mews42 Gallery hosted a private view of the works of...

A Monarch Carries On

The sale of the The Manor House, Stoke Poges   In the blog that preceded “The Steeple Times,” Matthew Steeples took a look at The Manor House at Stoke Poges in March 2012. It’s still on...

The badgers of Albany

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...

More Purdey than Posh

Charles Mitford Cust test drives the Range Rover Evoque   When I saw my first Range Rover Evoque coupé in the flesh I decided right then that it was time to emigrate. The actual remark I...

Which bear will take the 13th seat?

Could the number 13 be the reason Halcyon Hall has failed to sell?   Several over the top Californian residences we’ve featured on The Steeple Times, namely the $40,000,000 Chateau d’Or in Bel Air and the...

Couture worth celebrating

Claire Rubinstein previews Ralph & Russo’s support for “Champions in the Community”   All at The Steeple Times are looking forward to the “Champions in the Community” charity dinner on Thursday 8th November. I’ll most...

For the love of Jobs

Edward Kay takes a look at a yacht that forms part of the legacy of Steve Jobs   In a bittersweet moment, Steve Jobs's yacht was launched on 29th October from the Feadship's de Vries yard...

Boujis in the basement?

Matthew Steeples explores the story of an empty Kensington mansion   A multi-million pound 8-bedroomed house in Kensington isn’t anything unusual. In fact, rather, they’re ten a penny. In this, one of the wealthiest boroughs in...

Post-Fordism

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...

Windows on the WAGs

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...

Docked excess

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....

A manageable mansion

The sale of the £20 million Bletchingdon Park, Oxfordshire   Bletchingdon Park House in Oxfordshire is one of those classic Palladian villas that would make the perfect setting for a period drama. Unlike vast Jacobean mansions...

Picture of the Week: Double dumb

Could this be the most ludicrous Hummer in the world?   This week The Steeple Times picture of the week is of what quite frankly could be described as one of the most ridiculous Hummer’s ever...

First Among (Not So) Equals

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...

Far from a loser

Henrik Fisker: a man who creates automotive winners   Readers of The Steeple Times will know that we are big fans of the designs of Henrik Fisker and most especially his Fisker Karma – a car...

Tarred by Paparazzi

The bonfire sale of a monster of a mansion that has had a $15 million price reduction   A property was first built at 10425 West Sunset Boulevard in Lower Bel Air, Los Angeles in 1936....

Rocking with royalty

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...

Now who’d want to live in a house like this?

Matthew Steeples discovers a penthouse that even the most ambitious estate agent may struggle to flog   Estate agents are a tough breed and there are very few properties that they might admit could verge on...

“As it ‘appens,” sir, Jimmy’s ‘ad you too

The purchaser of Sir Jimmy Savile’s Rolls-Royce whinges about his lacking lot   As 14 police forces announce that they are investigating an astonishing 340 leads and the claims of 40 alleged victims of Sir Jimmy...

Reversing Fortunes: Tales of former home of Claus von Bulow

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...

Picture of the Week: Drag in luxury

Who would have imagined seeing a Phantom and a Mulsanne drag racing?   In London, people do strange things with supercars. Arabs like His Highness Sheikh Rashid Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, aged 28, don’t bother to...

Why pay less?

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...

The land of Tarka and Salar

The North Devon countryside that inspired Henry Williamson, R. D. Blackmore and Charles Kingsley   Much of my childhood was spent reading the works of superb authors and amongst the best of them were Arthur Ransome...

Going under the Kosh

The sale of a $25 million mansion modeled on Marie Antoinette’s favourite retreat that has connections to Levi Strauss & Co., Yehudi Menuhin, the Zodiac Killer and a controversial dot-com tycoon   Modeled on the Petit...

Hawn's Housesitter

The sale of Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell’s Malibu beach house   Goldie Hawn’s performance in the 1992 romantic comedy Housesitter with Steve Martin was described by the noted film critic Roger Ebert as “one of...

Ferrari's 'F'lipping 'F'ool

The case of a Ferrari FF driver with more money than sense   Last November, on my way to a lunch at The Stafford Hotel with The Steeple Times restaurant critic, Anthony Brown, I took a...

No man is an island

The joys and pitfalls of island life   Living on a private island would, to many, seem like a dream. The prospect of being able to do what you want, when you want and without having...

Rowling on

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...

Dad's van

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...

Have you got the iQ?

A motoring misdemeanor   One costs £10,000 and the other £35,000. They are, unbelievably, essentially the same vehicle and that the streets of Kensington, Chelsea and Belgravia are stuffed with the more expensive version is, in...

The yachting equivalent of Marmite

Edward Kay examines the latest offering from Arcadia Yachts   Hidden among a huge choice of white multi-tiered yachts that look like wedding cakes are the new award winning range of Arcadia ecological yachts. The "Marmite"...

Picture of the Week: Another luxury car brand bites the dust

The early demise of Maybach   Last week, Damiler AG closed down the Maybach brand earlier than expected. Having lost $1 billion on a brand that failed to steal market share from Rolls-Royce and Bentley, the...

Video of the week: Full steam ahead

Reliving the days of steam   The second in our series of videos of the week for The Steeple Times comes from Rex Leyland who filmed it whilst on Kew Bridge on Friday evening.   In a week...

A Miss UK now topping the yachting stakes

Edward Kay tells readers of The Steeple Times about Vava II: The biggest private yacht ever to come out of an English yard   Britian's richest woman (and ex-Miss UK) Kirsty Bertarelli and husband pharmaceutical tycoon...

A top Roller

The sale of Sir Jimmy Savile’s Rolls-Royce   This morning a Rolls-Royce that belonged to Sir Jimmy Savile will be sold by auctioneers Dreweatts.   The car, a 2002 last-of-line Corniche, was purchased by Savile in 2007 and...

Jeweltastic

A private view of handcrafted pieces by Arianna Cerrito By Claire Rubinstein   Tomorrow, Wednesday 4th July, sees the leading-edge jewellery and fashion designer Arianna Cerrito host an exclusive private sale event at her beautiful London home.   Readers...

A Corgi Classic

The “Corgi” Rolls-Royce sells for £4 million   Yesterday, at the Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale at Goodwood, near Chichester, a 1912 Rolls Royce Double Pullman Limousine achieved over double the estimate when it sold...

Steeple Rock

An outstanding painting by Edward William Cooke   At Masterpiece yesterday, a painting immediately caught my eye on Martyn Gregory’s stand but what intrigued me further was the title attached to it.   Steeple Rock, signed and dated...

The Miracle of Winslow

Stowe Opera’s ‘Marriage of Figaro’ at Winslow Hall   In July 2012, the Stowe Opera Company will perform Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro in the grounds of Winslow Hall in Buckinghamshire.   The Stowe Opera Company was founded in...

The rise of the rucksack

The accessory of choice for fashion agnostics or a healthy two fingers to style? By Claire Rubinstein   London is in the midst of an epidemic. So widespread is the affliction that it seems no area...

To the manor born

The Manor, Bucklebury: a house that shortly may become home to Carole and Michael Middleton   First reported by The Daily Telegraph’s “Mandrake” columnist Richard Eden in May, the talk of today is that The Duchess...