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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...