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Upton House, England

05 July 2011

We have all heard stories of people who have wasted away their millions (usually stars). I have wondered how is is possible to blow through millions of dollars.  A visit to Upton House gave me some insight. While Upton House had existed long before Walter Samuel, 2nd Lord Bearsted, bought the property in 1927 it came into it’s glory age in the 1930′s. Walter’s father had earned a fortune through the family business, Shell Transport and Trading. Walter was a great lover of art and he knew his stuff. He filled Upton with his collection of priceless treasures. I was shocked to discover that this was not a home that had been in the same family for hundreds of years. I was shocked that such an extensive collection, worthy of the best museums in the world, had been accumulated in such a short period of time by just one man. Was this a fortune well spent? YES! Upton House and Gardens are now in the capable hands of the National Trust, allowing visitors to step back in time to a weekend party in 1938.

The collection at Upton House is world class and pieces have been loaned to some of the best museums in the world. Just sitting on a cabinet is a horse from the Tang Dynasty. There are one of a kind pieces of art for the public to admire. Upton House stands as a beautiful testimony to one man’s dedication and love of the arts. To see such a collection in a private home is an incredible experience. Not to mention stepping back in time to the romance of the 1930′s. We had hopped to attend one of the events held in the evenings but got distracted with life. If I had millions and millions of dollars, I would like to think I would spend it the way Walter Samuel did and not on expensive shoes.

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