Greeting friends one after the other as they filed previous the large bronze Auguste Rodin sculpture of a muscled Adonis which stood in the entry lobby under stained glass home windows, guests had to cross the spectacular mantlepiece and grand piano to make their means to Lady Fairfax.
The room was intentionally full of pictures of our hostess posing with the likes of Kirk Douglas, Imelda Marcos, Pope John Paul II, Ronald Reagan and even Liberace.
Hanging on the partitions have been works by Marc Chagall, Jacob Epstein, Edgar Degas
and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
Lady Fairfax’s visitors have been suitably in awe by the time they got here face-to-face with the diminutive but sharp-witted lady who held courtroom over six many years, directing her waiters into place with their silver trays laden with champagne flutes.
Next month it is possible for you to to purchase a type of silver trays, replete with the Fairfax family crest.
Next week Auction house Bonhams will launch its catalogue for the Lady Mary Fairfax Estate and PS has been given an unique take a look at the 400 tons which comprise greater than 1000 gadgets.
The public sale will happen at Bonham’s Woollahra showrooms on September 22 and can undoubtedly be the final nice property sale of “old Sydney”.
Antique sideboards, credenzas, 25-piece dinner providers, Venetian gondolier lamps, eating tables, silver cherub identify place holders, 17th century child excessive chairs, rugs, gilt clocks and even a croquet set and a life-size rideable bear are all a part of the extraordinary assortment drawn from three generations of the Fairfax family.
There’s even a mahogany bookcase which Sir Warwick Fairfax purchased from the Keith Murdoch property in 1963. Given that the Fairfaxes and the Murdochs have been arch rivals for generations, the buy was clearly a gleefully prized one for Sir Warwick.
Bonhams director Merryn Schreiver and her group have spent the previous six months painstakingly cataloguing the assortment, which has required trawling via dusty archives to retell the story of one in every of the nice family dynasties of the 20th centuries.
In London Fairwater’s advantageous artwork assortment, a lot of which was bought via David Jones, is being ready on the market, together with the 5 Rodin sculptures, the largest of which is predicted to fetch greater than $1.5 million.
Lady Fairfax died in September 2017, aged 95. She had 4 youngsters. Her eldest son, Garth Symonds, was from her first marriage to Sydney lawyer Cedric Symonds. She married Fairfax media scion Warwick Fairfax in 1959, simply after midnight at one other magnificent Fairfax Sydney pile, Barford, the day after Warwick’s divorce from his second spouse, Hanne, was made absolute. She gave start to Warwick jnr and later adopted their youngest youngsters, Charles and Anna.
It was her relationship with Warwick Fairfax snr which thrust her into the public eye, going from Polish-born suburban frock shop proprietor to the grand dame of one in every of the oldest media dynasties in the world, and elevating eyebrows alongside the approach.
A yr earlier than Lady Fairfax had been scandalised after being named in a lawsuit Hanne introduced towards her husband for restitution of conjugal rights amid claims he had been having an affair with the then Mary Symonds.
Indeed it was simply the starting for Lady Fairfax, who for years sought acceptance in the “old money” world of the Fairfaxes, as soon as shopping for her stepson, the late James Fairfax, a pair of gold champagne flutes he later described as “vulgar”.
Secret settlement to Sandilands’ row with former supervisor
It seems to be as if the lid will stay firmly in place on the can of worms which has sunk considered one of Sydney’s most enduring bromances.
Radio shock-jock Kyle Sandilands and his former supervisor Andrew Hawkins have reached a settlement this week over claims of alleged owed and lacking cash which PS revealed in June.
This week Sandilands has been settling into his new rental digs in Hunters Hill, paying $3000 every week together with his “soul mate”, the efficiency artiste and animal lover Imogen Anthony, to reside in the swanky abode, having moved out of their $4000 every week Mosman rental a fortnight in the past.
Interestingly the Hunters Hill residence beforehand belonged to Australia’s man in Washington, Joe Hockey, who clearly had totally different decor tastes to the new residents.
Neighbours report seeing all types of products being moved into the property, and PS can solely presume the plastic skulls, giraffe statue, fake leopard pores and skin rug, Versace couch and feathery ins and outs belong to Anthony.
As one customer described the couple’s residence to PS: “It looks like sideshow alley in there.”
Decorating has little question offered a welcome distraction for Sandilands. In June PS revealed an unsightly and probably embarrassing blue had damaged out between Sandilands and Hawkins after Australia’s highest-paid radio character – reportedly incomes $5 million a yr – employed his former government producer Bruno Bouchet in February to turn out to be his new supervisor, successfully severing his day-to-day ties with Hawkins after almost 20 years.
Bouchet can also be now working as managing director of Sandilands’ personal firm, King Kyle Pty Ltd.
At the time the modifications have been made public it was steered the transfer allowed Sandilands’ former supervisor Hawkins to think about the US operations of the enterprise, which features a music publishing enterprise in Los Angeles referred to as Young & Vicious.
Hawkins had beforehand been revealed as a 50 per cent shareholder in King Kyle Pty Ltd.
Andrew Hawkins has been concerned in lots of Sandilands’ enterprise ventures, together with the launch of H2CoCo coconut water with David Freeman, son of Sydney crime determine George Freeman.
One of the radio star’s closest associates, who requested to stay nameless, informed PS in June: “It’s really going to hit the fan when it eventually gets out, it’s not a good situation and it’s a shame, I really like Andy, they were really close for a long time.”
So what occurred?
One identify repeatedly talked about in PS’s investigations is a younger aspiring American entertainer named Robin Taylor, who had been considered one of Hawkins’ staff at Young & Vicious.
Taylor has since left Los Angeles and returned to her house in Virginia, refusing to touch upon what led to her sudden departure, slightly selecting to submit cryptic missives on social media.
And now it appears like we might by no means know.
Teeny Rubensteiny’s footwear
In Sydney’s cut-throat actual property world, they’re as revered as Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers, nevertheless it stays to be seen if pocket-sized property dynamo Gavin Rubinstein’s monogrammed court-shoe slippers will make it to the small display.
As PS beforehand revealed, Rubinstein features in a TV pilot being shopped round TV networks and funded by jewelry inheritor James Kennedy, showcasing the bigger than life characters promoting multi-million-dollar mansions round city.
While Rubinstein reportedly has a whole lot of pairs of custom-made fits to hold from his compact body that includes his initials monogrammed inside the jackets, it’s the pair of custom-made slippers, with their lustrous midnight blue velveteen overlaying and candy-pink inside with showy white piping and emblazoned together with his initials – in gold in fact – which caught PS’s eye. Surely, at the very least, the slippers – which seem to have a barely elevated heel and have been dubbed by one agent this week as the “Teeny Weeny Rubinsteinees” – deserve a lingering shut up?
Awkward second for Jeffreys as pap honoured
A couple of eyebrows have been raised final Friday night time at the annual Kennedy Awards celebrating the best newsmen and ladies on the town.
Taking out the Outstanding News Photo of the Year gong was former New Zealand newspaper editor Stephen Cook, who was sacked from his prestigious gig in a blaze of scandalous headlines solely to reinvent himself as a Sydney paparazzo. He has beforehand featured in PS for his, ahem, vibrant track-record.
Cook delivered an intriguing speech when he collected his award, for a shot he took of Ivan Milat in a wheelchair outdoors Randwick’s Prince of Wales Hospital. The photograph itself was a controversial selection given two different photographers obtained the similar body that day and all had ignored the hospital’s calls for for the media to wait in a delegated space, which offered a far inferior vantage level.
But particulars, particulars. It was Cook’s time to shine on Friday night time.
During his speech he revealed that three and a half years in the past he was homeless and dwelling in his automotive in Auckland.
“Waking up and staring at the abyss and wondering how the hell did I get here … from assistant editor of New Zealand’s largest paper to this,” he informed the crowd, including: “I got involved with some very bad people, and done some very bad things, if I continued down that path it wouldn’t be long before I was dead or in jail”.
But it was when his “best friend”, one other vibrant pap named Jonathan Marshall (most well-known for covertly recording Alan Jones’ speech throughout which he stated Julia Gillard’s late father ‘died of disgrace”), satisfied him to transfer to Sydney and be a part of his troupe of paps that issues rotated.
As properly as a job, Marshall gave Cook a roof over his head.
Marshall lived throughout the street from one in every of his most profitable prey: Channel Nine’s Sylvia Jeffreys, in Double Bay round the time she was to marry Peter Stefanovic. Jeffrey’s complained bitterly about turning into considered one of the metropolis’s largest pap targets, solely to uncover to her horror they have been her neighbours.
So you’ll be able to think about how awkward issues obtained on Friday night time when Jeffreys, who was internet hosting the Kennedy Awards, watched as one in every of her former foes was glorified.