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A Manhattan Mash-Up

“Baronial” bachelor pad-esque Manhattan loft that belonged to the late Picasso biographer Sir John Richardson for sale Variously described as “erudite,” “witty” and the “definitive Picasso biographer,” Stowe educated art historian Sir John Richardson‘s Manhattan...

Clocks & Crime

Vast Italian Renaissance style mansion in Cincinnati, Ohio for sale for less than £500,000; it was built for a clockmaker, home to Burt Reynolds’ first wife’s lawyer and more recently a convicted sexual offender Built...

Lavish Leasam

Vast Georgian mansion close to the East Sussex coast with garaging for nineteen cars for sale for just under £10 million Built for a Rye based attorney and banker named Jeremiah Curteis (1735 – 1806)...

A Regency Rock

‘Georgian Regency’ country house to rent for £20,000 per month in a Buckinghamshire village voted ‘the best in England’ Built circa 1810 on the site of a medieval manor house where Oliver Cromwell allegedly stayed...

A Romping Royal Range Rover

Range Rover ‘coffin car’ limousine originally used by the sex mad Prince Jefri Bolkiah of Brunei for sale for 94% less than its original £323,000 total cost As we’ve reported before, Jefri Bolkiah – the...

A Thrifty Reduction

‘Baroness Thrifty’ puts her Sir John Soane designed Norfolk mansion up for sale for 46% less than she tried to get for it in 2011 (when Johnny Depp allegedly failed to purchase it) Minus about...

A Car Curate’s Egg

An analysis of the results at the 2019 RM Sotheby’s London sale Brexit uncertainty did not stop their being a large turnout for the preview of the 2019 RM Sotheby’s London sale at Olympia on...

Polly Put The Kettle On

Palladian mansion that was home to Charles Burnett III, the driver of the “fastest kettle in the world,” for sale for £10 million after his death in a helicopter accident Charles Burnett III (1956 –...

Cavernous Caversham

Grade II listed stately home in 93 acres of parkland in Reading, Berkshire for sale for just £174 per square foot Situated just 40 miles from Central London, a 114,996 square foot manor house in...

An Oligarch’s Lair

Tuscan villa previously owned by Russian oligarch turned fugitive offered in bankruptcy sale; once valued at £16.3 million, bids of £6.5 million are now sought A 35,520 square foot 15th century Tuscan villa with 15...

Inching an Island

90 acre Scottish island for sale for less than the cost of a 212 square foot garage space in Knightsbridge, London Though a garage not even wide enough to fit a Rolls-Royce Phantom is currently...

A Touring Tip

Extra-long wheelbase 1998 Rolls-Royce Silver Spur armoured touring limousine used in Equatorial Guinea for sale for a knock down price Presented in “dismantled condition” and “requiring extensive work to get it running,” a 1998 Rolls-Royce...

Superlative Stedcombe

Stunning Grade I listed symmetrical William and Mary country house in Devon with slave trade links for sale; Stedcombe House for sale for £4.5 million An “outstanding” William and Mary country house built with the...

Highlights of LAPADA 2019

Matthew Steeples picks his highlights at the LAPADA 2019 art and antiques fair in Mayfair’s Berkeley Square on its penultimate day Today is the penultimate day of a somewhat different to previous LAPADA art and...

A Bigmouth’s Castle

Scotland’s most expensive private residence for sale for 47% less than its 2005 asking price; it was designed by Robert Adam and is currently owned by self-made tech tycoons Sporting estates in Scotland often sell...

Motoring Elegance

Matthew Steeples selects highlights from the 2019 Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace Today marks the final day of what has become one of the most elegant of events for car lovers in Britain,...

Five of the Best – Places to Buy Gifts

Marketeer Branka Virily selects five of the best places to buy gifts Buying gifts can sometimes be a challenge.  Even if you know the type of gift you want, finding something that is exactly right...

Beautiful Butlins

Much photographed North Norfolk windmill that was the childhood home of the crooner James Blunt for sale for £2.9 million Known for his directness on Twitter and either loved or loathed for his 2004 debut...

The Peacock Room

New contributor Mahri Smith reviews ‘The Peacock Room’ by Merryn Corcoran Set in Tuscany, Merryn Corcoran’s The Peacock Room is set in the Sammezzano Castle that radiates eccentric colours and has a curious history linked...

Cheap in Chelsea

Chelsea apartment for sale for just £140,000; there is, of course, a catch A studio flat has gone on sale in Britten Street, Chelsea, SW3 for just £140,000 ($170,000, €153,000 or درهم625,000). Offered by agents Douglas...

Cheap in Chelsea

Chelsea apartment for sale for just £140,000; there is, of course, a catch A studio flat has gone on sale in Britten Street, Chelsea, SW3 for just £140,000 ($170,000, €153,000 or درهم625,000). Offered by agents Douglas...

A Bitter Cabriolet

Rare (and noisy) 1990 cabriolet created by a man named Mr Bitter for sale Natty Kensington dealer Graeme Hunt is known for selling the finest cars, but currently he has something extremely rare, a convertible...

A Louche Limo

1966 Mercedes-Benz 600 sedan complete with ‘Jimmy Savile-esque’ fold-down bed to be auctioned; it was created for the eccentric Armenian oil magnate Nubar Gulbenkian Santa Claus lookalike and all-round extravagant Nubar Gulbenkian (1896 – 1972)...

Waterside Wixels

Stunning converted sail loft and “local landmark” in “the best position” in Topsham, Devon  for sale for £3.5 million A Grade II listed 18th century sail loft and nail factory in Topsham, Devon converted to...

A Costly Chapel

Derelict Grade II* listed Gothic revival chapel in South Kensington for sale for the extraordinary sum of £7.5 million; it cost just £1,613 to build The purchaser of a home that will be created from...

Stretching a Porsche

1953 Porsche 356 to be auctioned; it was converted into a limousine by its collector owner for his daughter’s wedding People do strange things to cars and we thought we’d seen them all. However, with...

Five of the Best – Masterpiece 2019

The Steeple Times selects the highlights of Masterpiece 2019 Eighty-one of the finest items of James Bond memorabilia £2.5 million ($3.2 million, €2.8 million or درهم11.6 million) Fulham Road based Peter Harrington offer the ultimate collection for...

Five of the Best – Rarities

Five highly unusual items for sale currently including one that might be suitable as a gift for wannabe PM and one-time cocaine experimenter Michael Gove William IV Sterling Silver Novelty Cocaine Powder Tower and Scoop Price:...

Come To My Island

Private island on the Thames that was owned by the first owner of The Savoy Hotel and inspired Gilbert and Sullivan for sale for £800,000 less than it was sold for in 2013 A 145...

Parking or a Farm?

Outdoor parking space in South Kensington for sale for the same price as a Welsh farmstead One could argue the property market has gone completely nuts when an uncovered, leasehold parking space in Roland Way,...

A Cut-Price Cadillac

1985 Cadillac Seville to be auctioned; its lower estimate is just under £10,000; the perfect car for any hip-hop or ‘Dallas’ devotee A second generation Cadillac Seville – known to hip-hop fans as a “slantback”...

A Modern Masterpiece

Victorian farmhouse transformed into an Anglo-Baroque-style masterpiece by Robert Adam complete with a lion from Chuchill’s garden on the roof for sale Eccentric homes are only going to ever appeal to eccentric people and that...

A Dean’s Palace

Grade I listed 12th century deanery that has housed 62 deans for sale for the first time ever; it could become a most remarkable home An 18,000 square foot, Grade I listed building that has...

Tremendous Twyssenden

Grade II* listed Kentish manor house for sale along with 258 acres of land; its asking price has been reduced by over £1 million Twyssenden Manor, near Goudhurst in Kent spent much of the 20th...

Is Britain’s Most Expensive House For Sale?

Is what could be Britain’s most expensive house for sale? If it is, the price could top £200 million and the buyer will come to own Central London’s largest truly private garden also Rector’s houses...

Cheap in Chelsea

A home in Chelsea for £170 per square foot? Such can be found in the form of the MS Mouette, a converted ferry moored at Cadogan Pier Previously offered for sale in 2012 for £1...

We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea

Charming waterfront cottage in Suffolk riverside hamlet associated with sailing, smuggling, Arthur Ransome and ‘Lovejoy’ for sale The sheltered anchorage of Pin Mill, on the southern banks of the tidal River Orwell, is somewhere that...

No Drama

1965 Mercedes-Benz ‘Grosser’ owned by ‘Peak Practice’ and ‘Emmerdale’ actor Gary Mavers to be auctioned Liverpool born actor Gary Mavers – best known for playing GP Andrew Attwood in Peak Practice between 1995 and 2000 and...

Gene’s Machine

1925 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Piccadilly roadster once owned by golfing legend ‘Gene the Machine’ to be sold at auction in May US Open winning golfer Gene Littler (July 1930 – February 2019) was best known...

Worthy Water

18th century house in a “fairytale” setting beside the famous River Itchen chalkstream is not quite what one would expect The main façade of Lower Chilland House in Martyr Worthy, four miles east of Winchester...

Booking Wilbur

The generosity of Wilbur Smith in leaving books for passerby is something to be celebrated; others should follow his lead Yesterday, in Knightsbridge, the author Wilbur Smith performed an unusually generous gesture and left several...

Upping The Archers

The Brilliance of Pigcasso

Painting pig named Pigcasso sells works for thousands; one has been turned into a watch face for Swatch   Saved from an abattoir in 2016, a rather appropriately named rescued pig named ‘Pigcasso’ is truly bringing...

Anything But BIG

Pretentious number plate ‘BIG’ attracts attention in Knightsbridge.

Magic & Merton

As Debbie McGee puts the number plate ‘MAG1C’ up for auction, we remind readers of her legendary and laughable appearance on the ‘Mrs Merton Show’   News that Debbie McGee, widow of the late magician Paul...

A Balls-Up About Betjeman

Cadogan suggest the impossible in claiming that Sir John Betjeman was present at the arrest of Oscar Wilde at The Cadogan Hotel   The Earl of Cadogan – best known for once stating he “preferred horses...

Boarded Up On The Bishops Avenue

Mansion on The Bishops Avenue in Hampstead goes on sale for £15 million; it isn’t quite what you’d expect for such a price   Built on a 1.8 acre plot in 1896 in the  Arts and...

The Greatness of Grant

Richard E. Grant has proven that Britain can still produce talent; he shined in ‘Can You Forgive Me?’ and deserves an Oscar   Quite the opposite of the misery and all-round prat of the same surname,...