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London letting agents are scrambling over themselves to find Steven Spielberg a rental property worthy of this legendary Hollywood film director

It’s not a spoof, Jackson really is moving to NYC


Alison Jackson
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Alison Jackson
Award-winning photographer Alison Jackson has decided to rent out her Chelsea home and move temporarily to New York. She could expect to receive £1,500 to £2,000 a week for her two-bedroom house off the King’s Road, with its grandstanding former artist’s studio.

The Hampshire-born spoof artist is renowned for her staged photographs and film clips of lookalike celebs in compromising situations. “Victims” have included Simon Cowell having a chest wax, Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed cradling a mixed-race love child, and Gordon Brown celebrating his coalition agreement with Nick Clegg. Shy Alison is among 80 artists chosen by Tate Britain for Rude Britannia, its new exhibition of British satirical art.


Steven Spielberg
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Steven Spielberg
London letting agents are scrambling over themselves to find Steven Spielberg a rental property worthy of this legendary Hollywood film director. It follows his announcement that he is to direct the film version here of the award-winning West End play War Horse.

“Spielberg has been in town and has told agents that he wants a short let of around six months in Belgravia, Knightsbridge or Chelsea,” says an insider. The Ohio-born director of ET, Saving Private Ryan and Schindler’s List could expect to pay between £6,000 and £10,000 a week for a high-security property with all the boys’ toys.

At the last count, he and his second wife, actress Kate Capshaw, shared four US homes: in Manhattan, California, New York and Florida.


Charles Hendry
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Multimillionaire minister Charles Hendry is selling his rare early Georgian home in Smith Square, Westminster, complete with butler’s pantry, staff room and climatised wine cellar.

The £5.75 million guide price, through Ayrton Wylie, is more than twice the £2.56 million he paid for the adjoining six-bedroom, Grade II-listed houses in 2002.

The Cuckfield-born stockbroker’s son and MP for Wealden recently became minister for energy and climate change, with particular responsibility for nuclear policy.


Mervyn Conn, last of the great Sixties impresarios, has sold his seven-bedroom, 7,000sq ft Wimbledon mansion next door to ex-champion Boris Becker for £6 million through Robert Holmes.

“The house has been bought by some developers who plan to knock it down and build two new ones,” says the septuagenarian Canonbury cabbie’s son. “I’m buying a smaller place in Wimbledon.” During his heyday he toured such stars as Marlene Dietrich, Johnny Cash and Gene Pitney.

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