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Property auction: the home comforts of Jo and Ronnie Wood

If you’ve ever pictured yourself living the rock-and-roll lifestyle in an opulently-decorated mansion, ideally with a Rolls Royce parked in the swimming pool, then it’s time to stop dreaming and start buying.

Jo and Ronnie Wood, who split in 2008 after he walked out to be with Russian exotic club waitress Ekaterina Ivanova, are set to sell almost every item their 23 year marriage accumulated via an auction in Los Angeles later this month.

Several thousand items including their retro (as well as more antique) furniture, paintings, statues and myriad other rock star baubles including dozens of rare memorabilia, are to be sold in 668 lots on October 27th by US gavel basher Julien’s Auctions.

The catalogue makes for a fascinating read both visually and – because Jo has added comments to some lots – literally.

All the items once adorned their former marital home – Holmwood, on Kingston Hill on the fringes of London’s Richmond Park – a gothic-style seven bedroom house with separate lodge which Jo sold for £11.2 million in 2011 (pictured, above).

Their tastes, to put it mildly, are varied. The auction includes paintings and prints from 1920s car posters to old masters; furniture from a red leather throne chair to a harp; rock memorabilia such as Ronnie’s old credit and AA membership cards. But the more predictable but nevertheless personal items are also there including pictures of the guitarist with various celebrity chums including Demi Moore, Sean Penn and Rod Stewart as well as Ronnie’s silk shirt and guitar collections.

There are also some fairly fruity paintings by Ronnie of his estranged wife, but one of the most revealing  is Lot 217, a tavern scene by painter David Teniers (1610-1690) which is pictured (above) with half the canvass obscured by a white fog. A note at the bottom by Jo Wood explains why: “Ronnie accidentally left this painting in the sauna”, which is arguably more refined than throwing TVs out the window.

September 26, 2012 at 3:02 PM 1 comment

Zoopla.co.uk LIVE Auction: Fancy buying a lighthouse?

In this week’s Zoopla.co.uk LIVE online property auction (starts Thursday 1st July at 12.00), there’s a chance to purchase a chain free, Grade II listed piece of history…in the form of a lighthouse!

The “Old Lighthouse” on Townend Road, Paull, Hull was built in 1836 by The Trinity House of Kingston Upon Hull and went out of use in 1870 when the sandbanks moved and caused the deepwater channel to shift, and new lighthouses were built just along the river bank at Thorngumbald Clough.

The light was powered first by oil and then by a gas burner and the windows of the lamp room face towards Hull to guide ships into the safe channel which led out into the North Sea.

The lighthouse comprises of a lounge, sitting room, upper and lower kitchen areas, and bathroom to the ground floor.

There are two staircases. One leading to the first bedroom together with a ladder which gives access to the lamp room and great views over the river and Paull itself.

Two further bedrooms and a shower room are accessed via an internal staircase with a garden to the rear of the property with patio area and lawn.

Here are the Zoopla.co.uk values for other properties on the same road and here is a market overview for Paull where the average property value is £116,899. If you’re interested in previous sold prices for Paull, here is all the info you need.

About Trinity House

“The safety of shipping, and the well being of seafarers, have been our prime concerns since Trinity House was granted a Charter by Henry VIII in 1514.”

Today they have three distinct functions:

  • First, they are the General Lighthouse Authority for England, Wales, the Channel Islands and Gibraltar, responsible for a range of general aids to navigation, ‘signs of the sea’, from lighthouses to radar beacons.
  • Second, they are a charitable organisation dedicated to the safety, welfare and training of mariners.
  • Third, they are a Deep Sea Pilotage Authority providing expert navigators for ships trading in Northern European waters.

July 1, 2010 at 9:35 AM Leave a comment

Zoopla.co.uk LIVE Auctions: Grade II listed renovation project

In this week’s LIVE Zoopla.co.uk Auction we’ve spotted two fantastic opportunities to purchase farmhouses.

One of which would make an ideal renovation project and the other is a more modern ‘farmhouse’ requiring little work.

Both come with vacant possession.

1. Wickenlow Farm, Bolton

Starting bid: £220,000,

Address: Wickenlow Farm, Plantation Road, Edgworth, Bolton,  BL7 0DD

Tenure: Freehold

Description: A Grade II Listed detached stone farmhouse; together with a self-contained annex; dating to the 17th Century. In need of complete renovation; the house offers a number of interesting features retaining stone mullioned windows; exposed beams and open fireplaces. The name ‘Wickenlow’ loosely translates to ‘Mountain Ash Hill’. The property benefits from four reception rooms; conservatory; four bedrooms; master suite has en suite facilities; 2 further bathrooms. There is also a 1 bedroom annexe included in the sale along with an area of land the area of which is to be determined.

Location: Occupying an elevated rural position 1 mile from Broadhead Road the property is well placed for Bolton or Blackburn centres together with the M65 motorway at Darwen.

Occupancy Status: Vacant

More pictures here

Market overview for BL7 here

2. Sunnyhurst Farm, Preston

Starting bid: £360,000

Address: Sunnyhurst Farm, Waxy Lane,  Freckleton, PR4 1HQ

Tenure: Freehold

Description: Individually designed detached residence offering extremely spacious family sized accommodation over 3 floors and being situated on this quiet lane with panoramic views to the front & side.

Location: Excellent area with access to good road links within walking distance of local village centre and amenities. Within a mile of a BAE systems.

Occupancy Status: Vacant

More pictures here

Market overview for PR4 here

More about the Zoopla.co.uk LIVE online auctions here.

June 18, 2010 at 9:16 AM Leave a comment

Online Property Auctions: Reasons for successful growth

We were recently asked by property magazine Property Week to respond to:

Why property auctions are shifting online and away from the ballroom model

This is what we said:

Our recent launch of weekly online property auctions is, we think, one of the most exciting developments in the UK property investment market for years. And following the success of our first two events in February, we very much see live online bidding as the future of property auctions in the UK.

With over 150,000 visitors to our auction site in February, it would appear that the UK is set to follow the trend in the US, where our partner REDC, the world’s largest property auctioneer, has rapidly transitioned over half their sales online over the past two years with their online auction events now accounting for sales of over £50 million monthly.

Online auctions offer a number of benefits over the traditional ballroom model for both buyers and sellers. For buyers, it offers the ease and convenience of viewing properties online up to 30 days prior to the start of an event and bidding from one’s own home or office over a 4-day period. For sellers, the online model provides significantly greater and faster exposure for their properties and opens up the process to a new and growing audience not constrained by space, geography, availability and who typically might not attend physical auctions.

Property is somewhat different to other asset auctions where physical attendance often involves inspecting the asset on the day. With the ability to generate exposure online the same day as opposed to producing and distributing a catalogue and being able to hold weekly events without limitation versus the typical model of quarterly events, it appears to call into question the physical ballroom auction model other than for the ‘theatrical’ value.

Zoopla.co.uk online auction events are held weekly with bidding starting Thursdays at noon and closing on Sundays at 6pm.

Visit Zoopla.co.uk/auctions

For more information on our new and innovative auction platform visit:

Zoopla.co.uk launches new live online property auctions in UK

Online property auction success signals shift from ballrooms to living rooms

March 26, 2010 at 12:09 PM Leave a comment


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