Mayfair apartment, scene of jewellery theft that inspired Pink Panther, on sale

A flat in classic Mayfair apartment building Claridge house has been put on the market for £4.4 million. The flat, with views onto Claridges Hotel and Davies Street, was home to famous socialite Lady Norah Docker and her husband Sir Bernard Docker.

Lady Norah Docker, who enjoyed a lavish lifestyle, was involved in numerous scandals between the 1950’s and 1970’s. Herself and her husband hosted one of the biggest parties of the 1950’s and entertained many celebrities including Peter Sellers and Max Bygraves in the Mayfield flat.

The flat was also the scene of the crime for a late 1940’s jewellery robbery in which almost £52,000 worth of Lady Docker’s diamonds were stolen. The haul included a spectacular pink diamond ring. The robbery was one of the most expensive jewellery robberies of its day.

It is believed that the theft of the pink diamond ring was what inspired the 1963 movie that stared Peter Sellers, The Pink Panther. It is in this movie that character Princess Dala receives the world’s largest diamond (known as the pink panther due to its imperfection in the shape of a panther) which is then eventually stolen after numerous attempts.

The Art Deco apartment, now on the market, is located on the 4th floor of Claridge house and comes with 24 hour concierge service. There is 1,604 sq. ft. of space which includes two ensuite bedrooms, a large reception room, kitchen with granite and high end appliances, ornate ceiling cornices and plenty of marble throughout.

As well as the £4.4million asking price the buyer will have a £17,775 annual service charge and a ground rent of £400. The sale is being handled by the estate agent Peter Wetherell who said 'The provenance of the apartment is highly interesting and unique. Lady Nora Docker was a high-society hostess and celebrity, from an age before celebrities really existed. As her London home it has been host to some really interesting people and parties and played a role in events that were the talk of high-society and the country between the 1950s and early 1980s.”

With any luck the buyer will avoid any jewellery heists as it seems the jewellery theives of today have migrated south and have been stalking the socialites of Cannes.

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