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Gucci model Robert Konjic is selling his three-bedroom Edwardian red-brick duplex in West Kensington, and TV star Ulrika Jonsson has sold her home in Cookham Dean, Berkshire
Robert Konjic and Julia Restoin-Roitfeld
Gucci model Robert Konjic is selling his three-bedroom Edwardian red-brick duplex in West Kensington for £650,000 through Marsh & Parsons. “It was in a terrible state when I bought it in 2001 for £285,000,” he says. “But I enjoyed knocking out the time-warped Sixties and Seventies décor and turning it into a very modern space.”

The Swedish/Croatian Volvo-worker’s son is now looking for a similar “wreck”, possibly a repossessed property to develop, in Notting Hill or Holland Park.

“I still can’t believe that I get paid so highly to take off most of my clothes and pose with beautiful women!” he says. But Konjic isn’t tempted as his girlfriend is stunning international model Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, daughter of French Vogue’s legendary editor-in-chief Carine Restoin-Roitfeld.

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Femme fatale TV star Ulrika Jonsson has sold her home in Cookham Dean, Berkshire, for an estimated £1.5 million. It follows the birth of her fourth child, Malcolm, by her third husband, American design consultant Brian Monet.

“Ulrika needed more space to bring up her growing family,” explains a neighbour. “But she hasn’t moved far away as she didn’t want to disrupt her kids’ education.”

The quaint period cottage has been a backdrop for the Swedish star’s busy love life. She moved there after the break-up of her first marriage to TV cameraman John Turnbull, father of her eldest child, Cameron. She then had daughter Bo by German hotelier Markus Kempen, and Martha by second husband, the Duke of York’s former equerry Lance Gerrard-Wright. The most memorable of her boyfriends was ex-England football manager Sven-Goran Eriksson.

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If ever the laughs should dry up, stand-up Jimmy Carr now has an alternative career – as a property developer. He has spent £8.5 million through Aston Chase on a large, detached Edwardian house in north London. “It’s a 7,300sq ft property in the best part of Primrose Hill,” says a friend. “But it needs a major renovation, which Jimmy is carrying out with the help of an experienced developer.” The Isleworth-born fun-slinger, known for his deadpan delivery and dark humour, is normally based in Islington. He shares a home with his long-standing girlfriend Karoline Copping, a commissioning editor for Five.

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Lucian Grainge may now run the world’s largest record label, Universal Music, with stars such as Amy Winehouse and U2, but he is not immune to the vagaries of the international property market. It looked like his £11 million Barbados holiday villa might never be finished after its developers suffered financial problems. But now, thanks to government intervention, work is resuming on the 32-acre Four Seasons Paradise Beach development. The flamboyant Finchley-born dynamo recently moved with his family from Richmond to Connecticut.

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