Homes gossip: Paula Abdul, Thierry Henry, Duncan Bannatyne, Hollywood Legends auction
Axed Paula holds a sale and then sells the house
Is Paula Abdul having to watch the pennies after Simon Cowell axed her from American X Factor? The outspoken former judge on the talent show has put her LA home on the market for £1.2 million.
Formerly featured in her reality series, Hey Paula, the five-bedroom property covers 4,670sq ft and comes with rolling gardens, a pool and picturesque neighbourhood views.
As another money-making measure, the diva recently held an estate sale to unload some of the unwanted items from her home. Lucky locals managed to bag bargains, from fabulous gowns to some amazing artwork.
Duncan says “I’m out” to Covent Garden
Fancy your own Dragon’s Den? Duncan Bannatyne is selling his London home for £1.65 million.
The Scottish entrepreneur, who is about to start filming the latest series of the hit BBC show, is scaling back his property portfolio and is focused on boosting his Bannatyne Group’s financial position.
The three-bedroom, two-bathroom Covent Garden flat has served as the businessman’s London base in recent years. But after spending an increasing amount of time in the North East he has decided the money from its sale would be better invested elsewhere.
The WC2 pad is spacious and stylish, with a balcony and large windows overlooking the famous piazza. In the words of Duncan and his fiery colleagues, if you’re “in” contact Elysium Skies on 020 3102 0590.
Bid online for an American beauty
There’s no need to travel to America for one of Tinseltown’s most glamorous memorabilia sales. Julien’s auction house has opened its Hollywood Legends event to online bidding, giving Londoners the chance to snap up a starry item from the collection.
From the Golden Age to Superman, the sale reflects the remarkable history of film and TV, and even features iconic figures from news footage. So if you would like John F Kennedy’s rocking chair, or an original poster for your walls from movies including Casablanca and Some Like it Hot, register at juliensauctions.com for live bidding sessions which will run on March 31 and April 1. Get those laptops at the ready.
Thierry adds Va Va Voom with a 40ft fish tank
There’s something fishy going on at footballer Thierry Henry’s north London home. The French former Arsenal player and star of Renault’s Va Va Voom ads, is reportedly installing a 40ft aquarium that will stretch the full height of the modern four-storey house. But does the £5.9 million Hampstead pad, already flashy, really need any more work?
It was built only 13 years ago, designed by Sir Richard MacCormac, former president of the Royal Institute of British Architects. However, Henry wants some changes and is prepared to spend £2 million on a renovation.
In addition to the huge fish tank, he fancies a cinema, a bar, a new swimming pool and a playroom for his six-year-old daughter, Tea.