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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

Written in the sun

The sale of the former home of Dame Rebecca West   Ibstone House at Ibstone in Buckinghamshire has recently come to the market at a price...

Blue Moves

The sale of a 1975 Bentley Corniche twice owned by Sir Elton John   On the 16th June Bonhams will auction a 1975 Bentley Corniche Series...

Absolutely FABulous

The sale of the most FABulous model vehicle   Pimlico Road’s Gauntlett Gallery currently has the perfect present for any aspiring Eloise on display in their...

Singing for a Diamond

Music fit for The Queen   In recent days, Gary Barlow’s albumn Sing has topped the UK album charts with sales of 40,000 copies.   Two hundred and...

A motoring must

The launch of Chelsea AutoLegends 2012   I was introduced to Chelsea AutoLegends some three years ago when my good friend the racing driver James Wood...

A Monopolistic mansion

Could 100 Park Lane become the property that achieves the accolade of being Britain’s highest priced private residence?   Occupied by property giants Hammerson since 1969...

Stoned & Stoddart

John Stoddart features in a Parisian exhibition   To mark the 50th anniversary of The Rolling Stones, La Gelerie de l’Instant opens an exhibition named “Photographies...

Mccreedy's blues

Thomas “T.J.” James peruses the works of artist Conor Mccreedy   Conor Mccreedy is an internationally known artist, art collector and entrepreneur who lives between New...

Boxing an Aston

Lennox Lewis’ Aston Martin to be auctioned with a guide of just £15,000 to £20,000   If you have a spare £15,000 - £20,000, you could...

You’ve got the sun, the moon and a chief of a Pontiac

The sale of a Pontiac Chieftan previously owned by both Keith Richards and a husband of a survivor of the 1912 Titanic disaster   In 1971,...

The greenest of Astons

The sale of an Aston Martin Virage Volante used by Prince Charles   A press release pinged into my inbox this morning from Bonhams that immediately...

A Thunderbird that has yet to go

An iconic home that has periodically been for sale for some 7 years with hardly any variation in the price asked for it   The fantastically...

Banking a showcase

The sale of The Hellman Heller Mansion in San Francisco   For several years, I enjoyed annual trips to California for San Francisco’s International Film Festival....

Blessed Clarence

The sale of the £22,500,000 Clarence House in Richmond   Built in 1696 for a haberdasher merchant named Nathaniel Rawlins, Clarence House in Richmond was subsequently...

Sophie's choice

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...

Is it worth the Fisk?

An overview on the pioneering Fisker Automotive company Electric vehicles have long interested me. A formidable engineer I knew was hugely sceptical of the early...

Hurricane Heather

Heather Mills puts her Sussex home up for rent Has Heather Mills, the daughter of a convicted fraudster, spent her entire £24.3 million divorce settlement?...