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Mummy Madonna sells up
Madonna is unlikely to make a profit if, as seems likely, she decides to sell her rambling Marylebone home on London‘s busy Great Cumberland Place. She bought the six-storey eight-bedroom Georgian house for £7 million in 2001, plus a £900,000 mews house behind in Wythburn Place.
The Michigan-born Chrysler engineer’s daughter later paid £5.75 million for the adjoining Great Cumberland Place house and £900,000 for the adjoining mews house. But, since shedding her husband, film director Guy Ritchie, she has gone cold on London, preferring her 13-bedroom Manhattan mansion, which she bought for £27 million last April. “Madonna could expect to receive about £16 to £17 million if she sells now,” say Kay & Co. “She paid top dollar for all four properties and then spent a fortune doing them up. ”
Meanwhile, Ritchie is relishing his rural bachelor life at Ashcombe House, the 1,200-acre Wiltshire estate that they bought for £9 million in 2001.
After recently celebrating Christmas and his birthday in Havana, with his ex-wife Sadie Frost and their three children Rafferty, Iris and Rudy, Hollywood superstar Jude Law has fallen in love with Cuba.
He plans to buy a property in the pukka new Carbonera Club, where units cost from £92,600 for a studio to £1 million for a beachside villa through Savills.
This first international development allowed by Fidel Castro should be finished in two years. The libidinous Blackheath-raised actor, currently wowing West End audiences in Hamlet, is based in Primrose Hill.
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A new “golden couple” is about to storm London’s artistic salons. Edgar Bronfman Jnr and his wife Clarissa are leaving their Manhattan Upper East Side town house with their four young children and settling in Kensington, where eight-bedroom mansions can cost from £10 million.
The laid-back chief executive of Warner Music, home to artistes such as Amy Winehouse, Duffy and Keane, is a party-loving Anglophile.The billionaire heir to the Seagram distilling family and his Venezuelan wife are renowned for their eclectic modern art collection.
The family fortune derives from Sam Bronfman, who fled Tsarist Russia’s Jewish pogroms and became Canada’s No 1 bootlegger.
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Fine & Country is selling The Nursery, a five- or six-bedroom Forties open-plan house with swimming pool and orchard in the Domesday Book village of West Clandon, Surrey, for £1.98 million.
The area is rapidly becoming the county’s answer to Beverly Hills because of its proximity to Chelsea FC’s Stoke D’Abernon training ground.
Aside from Clandon Park, a Palladian stately home once the family seat of the Earl of Onslow and now owned by the National Trust, any spare mansions have been bought and embellished by footie colossi such as John Terry, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole.