Damien Hirst spends £34 million on Regent’s Park property
- Credit: Archant
Damien Hirst will soon be neighbours with the Sultan of Brunei and the US Ambassador when he moves into his new house in Regent’s Park.
The building went on the market for £34 million last year but it is believed that the Turner Prize winning artist may have paid well over the asking price for the 14-bedroom, end-of-terrace property.
The white stuccoed house was commissioned by the Prince Regent in 1811 from the celebrated architect John Nash.
The property’s previous owner was Anne Van Lanschot, from a Dutch banking dynasty, who lived there for 45 years and used it to entertain Princess Diana, among other illustrious guests.
Van Lanschot was attracted to the house by its half-acre garden but it is rumoured that Hirst is planning major renovations to the five-storey interior.
With a fortune of £215m Hirst is the richest artist in Britain and is even worth £75m more than his original patron, Charles Saatchi.
He already owns a 300-year-old farmhouse in Devon and a 300-room manor house in Gloucestershire but Hirst’s portfolio is set to expand even further when he opens his own art gallery in South London next year. He has also received planning permission to build a new town with 750 homes near Ilfracombe in Devon.
- 1 The most expensive homes sold in Haringey in November 2021
- 2 'We're proud of what we do': Kossoffs celebrates six months in Kentish Town
- 3 Air ambulance mobilised as boy, 15, knifed in South Hampstead
- 4 Ex-manager admits defrauding Paddington Sports Club
- 5 'We don't need to drink more coffee' say cafés as Joe & The Juice moves in
- 6 Sexual offence reports at record levels in Camden, Haringey and Barnet
- 7 Cops swoop on cannabis farm rumoured to be 'largest ever' busted in Haringey
- 8 Italian sandwich shop opens in a Hampstead telephone box
- 9 Ricky Gervais behind new benches for people grieving to 'talk and reflect'
- 10 The man who wants to put trains among the trees from Muswell Hill to Highgate