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Monday, 13 July 2015
Secret agent’s house and bar on sale for £6m!
A lavish Chelsea townhouse once owned by a Cold
War agent that boasts a bar funded by the KGB and MI6 has gone up for
sale for £6 million.
The five-bedroom house in Chelsea’s Upper Cheyne Row was once home to
British spy Greville Wynne, who regularly held private meetings there
with KGB informant, Colonel Oleg Penkovsky. It was in this house that
Penkovsky handed over information on the Cuban Missile Crisis to
Greville, subsequently informing US President John F. Kennedy of Russian
strategic military sites on the Carribean island.
Both fond of a drink, during their meetings Wynne and Penkovsky are
said to have hatched a plan to convince their respective agencies to
fund the construction of a bar in Wynne’s home, according to reports by The Daily Mail.
Both claimed it would loosen the other’s tongue and lead them to
share more further information, with both agencies said to have stumped
up £500 to build the bar, both unaware of the others involvement.
The bar, which cost Wynne just £100 leaving a healthy £900 surplus
for the pair to stock it with alcohol, still stands untouched at the
home offering a buyer the chance to own a piece of British spy history.
Jake Russell, director at specialist Chelsea estate agents Russell
Simpson, who is selling the property, described it as a “1960’s time
capsule” and “true icon in British history” complete with original
oak-panelled ceilings and bespoke wood cabinets.
The property has been described as a “1960s time capsule” boasting original oak-panelled ceilings and bespoke wood cabinets.
As well housing a bar James Bond would be proud of, the property
also boasts a spacious roof terrace, five bedrooms, three reception
rooms and a large drawing room.
Penkovsky life as an informant was later discovered and he was
executed by the KGB in 1963, following his arrest the previous year.
The same year, Wynne was arrested by the KGB while in Budapest and
taken to the Soviet Union, where he was convicted of spying. He was released in a prisoner exchange a year later and lived in the house until 1974.