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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...

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 of offers in excess of £15 million. Now owned by...

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 1 convertible formerly owned by Sir Elton John CBE.     Originally supplied...

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 showroom.     A ½ scale model of Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward’s FAB1 amphibious...

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 ten musicians, including the African Children’s Choir and the Royal...

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 became involved in the organisation of it.   Held at The Royal...

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 as their corporate headquarters, the 44,000 square foot Grade II*...

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 de Stoned-and-Respectable” this evening in Paris.   Photographs featured most notably number...

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 York City, South Africa and Paris.   Originally from Johannesburg, Mccreedy was...

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 bid on a piece of sporting history this weekend at...

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 “mad, bad and dangerous to know” musician Keith Richards...

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 caught my attention. It came from Leonora Oldfield of Bonhams,...

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 named Thunderbird, set in Branksome Park, Poole’s answer to “Millionaire’s...

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. On my visits I stayed in a tower in one...

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 extended by his daughter, Elizabeth, before it became a Catholic...

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 of such.   During a trip to India, Rossdale discovered a team...

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 offerings but another friend, Nicko Williamson, has been a pioneer...

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? We all knew that this lady with an interesting past...