Tamara Ecclestone tries to out mansion her sister with most expensive estate ever

In case you don’t know who the Ecclestone sisters are, they’re like the British, more new-monied version of The Hiltons, except both of them are ambitious famewhores, not just one like Paris vs. relatively harmless Nicky. They’re the daughters of Formula One founder Bernie Ecclestone, who is worth about $2.4 billion, and they love spending their daddy’s money. Tamara, 28, (the brunette one) had her own reality show on British TV in 2011 called “Tamara Ecclestone: Billion $$$ Girl.” She currently owns a home in London worth $70 million. Her sister, Petra, 23, made headlines last year when she purchased Candy Spelling’s mansion, the largest in LA County, for $85 million.

Well the time has come when Petra’s real estate may no longer outrank her sister’s. Tamara is said to be eyeing the most expensive estate in the US, a $125 million monstrosity called Fleur de Lys and modeled after Versailles. Tamara supposedly wants the mansion not just because she has insanely expensive tastes that can never be satisfied, but because she wants to one-up her sister by owning a larger, more expensive property. As if it wasn’t ridiculous enough that the home even exists as a single-family residence.

The stinking rich daughters of Formula 1 billionaire Bernie Ecclestone are going head-to-head in an epic battle of the bricks, as Tamara, 28, prepares to move Stateside with the aim of outshining her 23-year-old little sister, Petra, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.

The socialite-turned-reality TV star has been checking out a number of palatial estates in La La land with a view to either leasing or buying — with several reports claiming she is particularly interested in the spectacular $125 million Fleur de Lys Estate in Holmby Hills, which was crowned the “world’s most expensive house” by Forbes in 2008.

Owned by Suzanne Saperstein, the 45,000-square-foot home was modeled after Louis XIV’s palace at Versailles and boasts a total of 12 bedrooms, 15 bathrooms, a 50-seat screening room and library, and a nine-car garage.

The humungous mega-mansion manages to significantly trump Petra’s stunning Holmby Hills home which cost just a paltry $85 million — and a source says that was the very intention!

“Tamara and Petra have always had a very strong sibling rivalry,” the source says. “When they were little Tamara really wanted nothing to do with Petra, who was five years younger, whereas Petra idolized her big sister and followed her around like a puppy dog. They have grown a lot closer in recent years but they still remain extremely, extremely competitive of each other.

“Tamara has always firmly believed that she is the superior of the sisters, and that she has the higher profile in England with her TV presenting work and then her reality show. But recently, Tamara has been feeling overshadowed by Petra — her wedding last year got an insane amount of press and then she bought that massive house in LA and they started writing about her in the U.S. as well — whereas Tamara is still unknown in the States.

“Tamara does not like feeling that she’s being outdone by her sister and is determined to set the balance straight again — and put herself ahead of Petra. She has been considering getting a base in LA for some time and is now seriously looking into it. Tamara feels it is the natural next step for her career wise and that it’s the only way to put her little sister back in her place, ie: in her shadow.

“She’s looked at the details of a number of different properties, with the main criteria being that it HAS to put Petra’s house to shame, which is no mean feat! Tamara really likes the Fleur de Lys, and what makes it all the more attractive to her is that Petra put in her own offer for the home that was turned down, before she bought the Spelling mansion — so, Tamara feels that if she could work out a deal for the property then she’s already gotten one up on Petra right off the mark.”

[From Radar Online]

These women may be richer than sin, but they don’t look it. Somehow they manage to look as cheap as the Kardashians and that’s really saying something.

Also Petra is currently pregnant, after having married in a $6.5 million ceremony in August of 2011. I just hope these twits’ sibling rivalry doesn’t extend to babies. Imagine the stupidity that would ensue. They’d hire enough nannies to look after their kids, though, while they were tucked away in another wing.

Here’s some house p0rn of Fleur de Lys. It looks like a museum. It reminds me of the furnished period rooms in The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Photo credit: WENN.com, Luxist and CurbedLA

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  1. MsMileHigh says:

    Ugh. They both look diseased.

    Money does not buy class or taste.

  2. someone says:

    good god, they look like cheaper versions of that katie price chick. and that’s saying something. also that versaille model home is like house porn. so beautiffullllll aaahhhh!! i would pay to just spend one day there.

    • LAK says:

      Looking like Katie Price is and isn’t an accident. They lured away her glam squad to work exclusively with them hence the same make up/hair/general styling. It’s strange that a made up Tamara looks like a made up Katie Price clone and yet without make up they look nothing alike.

  3. Lisa says:

    If I were daddy, I would have cut these two off a long time ago.

  4. Anon says:

    “Somehow they manage to look as cheap as the Kardashians” Hahaha. So true.

  5. Leigh says:

    I can’t believe there are two of these things in the US.
    The other one – featured in the documentary “Queen Of Versailles” is a replica of Versailles and measures roughly 90 000 sq ft… Good little film. Outlines the ridiculousness of the spending habits and financial collapse in the wayyyyyy upper class in the States…

  6. cmc says:

    This whole story is so lame…so many better things they could be doing with their money! Not gonna lie though- if I could afford it, I’d love to live in that gorgeous home. When’s the hiring process starting for her army of nannies? I’m not a big fan of kids but I’d put up with her brat for a room in that house.

    They look almost cute in the bottom picture with minimal makeup.

  7. Birdie says:

    Money can’t buy class. They are the best example. I watched one episode of Tamara’s reality show and she has literally nothing to do expect for senseless traveling and partying, shopping and endless anti cellulite treatments.

    • DreamyK says:

      If I recall correctly, Anthony Bourdain wrote what it was like hanging out with Euro trash for a month in his book Medium Raw. It sounded soul sickening. One vapid party to the next with everyone trying to out do each other in terms of excess or the latest thing.

      These 2 sisters fit that profile. What a wasted life. They have so many opportunities to genuinely save people’s lives..but no. The need to squander it on grotesque real estate.

  8. Jesse says:

    I really don’t know who these people are but I have heard of the last name. However, the tan one on the right looks like the love child of Megan Fox and Lindsay Lohan.

  9. Lexi says:

    They are going to bankrupt their father… I can’t wrap my head around paying $125 million for a house. It’s just so. much. money.

    I would have never imagined they were from an incredibly wealthy family if I had no context for these pictures. They just look like one of those reality tv stars who are trying to stay relevant.

  10. lucy2 says:

    They both look incredibly tacky.

    The only plus side here is the huge tax payment CA will get for this real estate sale.

  11. Jesse says:

    I really don’t know who these people are but I have heard of the last name. However, the tan one on the right looks like the love child of Megan Fox and She Who Shall Not Be Named (apparently since I can’t post with her name. But she’s been a groupie of the Wanted.)

  12. Jesse says:

    Sorry I wrote my comment prior to reading the article. Now I know who they are.

  13. Miss Kiki says:

    Tamara looks a bit like Katie Price in that photo. Shame for her.

  14. cubs says:

    I never thought I’d say this, but these two actually make Paris look refined.

  15. Jesse says:

    Sorry for my multiple posts it was telling me that they couldn’t be published!

  16. Ellie66 says:

    Damn British white trash! They look like porn stars. Why not be like Angelina and do some good in the world with all their bucks instead of being ridiculous with it. :(

  17. Eleonor says:

    Tamara’s skin looks awful (too much sunbathing? Bad makeup? Too much orange?), and she has the worst boobjob ever.
    To me that house is a kitsch monstruosity, like a copycat of something it doesn’t have the charm of Versailles, even if it is fulled with antiques fournitures, it’s always a copycat.

  18. Miss M says:

    I never liked their father, Bernie Ecclestone…

  19. Meow Mix says:

    OMG the eyeliner! Is this a British thing?

  20. Noel says:

    Are you sure they are not 43 and 48?

  21. some bitch says:

    These girls are in their 20s? Jesus. They look rough. Ugly, ugly girls, inside and out.

    Seconding a comment at the top, I hope they live in North Korea or Bangladesh next lifetime.

  22. BB says:

    Tamara is unattractive. She has not waist and looks fake. They will not be a hit in the US, believe that.

  23. Gia says:

    To be honest, Petra really isn’t that bad. Sure, she’s megga rich and blows wads of cash on huge mansions, but that’s her choice. As far as personality, she far less off putting than her sister. And far less fame whorey.

    • I Choose Me says:

      Petra is the blond one right? *Checks article* okay now I know who’s who. Normally I don’t do photo-assumptioning but my gut impression, just from the pics, was that Tamara’s a total drama queen whereas Petra just seems a little lost and like she wouldn’t be that bad to get to know.

  24. Agnes says:

    Fools, the lot of them.

    And how surprising – money doesn’t buy class. They would prob look pretty much the same if they were “poor” and forced to shop at Joyce Leslie (are those still around?).

  25. Maria says:

    the difference between me and them is that i wonder how long it takes to clean all those windows.

    imagine how much the monthly costs are which such a mansion.

    Why not buy some books for 125$ and get some education, girls?

  26. Katyusha says:

    I will use the words of Brandi Glanville, “Money doesn’t give you class, it just gives you money.”

  27. Madriani's Girl says:

    Are those giant dildos around the pool or just furled umbrellas?

  28. Dee says:

    Maybe I am the oddball out but I think they look pretty in that last pic. Dressed down and without all the heavy makeup they look fresh and cute. They might still be trashy but if they’d tone down their makeup and clothes they at least would look trashy.

  29. LAK says:

    This isn’t wilful spending nor is it as artless as it appears.

    Their father is 81/2yrs old. He’ll be lucky to see in 90yrs old. They have 7yrs between now and his coming death, if he lasts that long, to spend AKA hide their inheritance otherwise a huge chunk will be swallowed up by the tax man in death taxes.

    They aren’t into jewellery, can’t spend billions on clothing. They couldn’t get away with buying art worth billions without the tax man wanting a cut.

    Buying mega mansions across the world for what appears to be silly money is a way to hide the wealth, and to spend it quickly. The only gamble here is that the property market will hold and they can recoup the money or better when they sell.

    Bernie Ecclestone is a wily operator. He wouldn’t allow his daughters to spend his money like this without an end goal. Especially given how carefully him and the ex-wife have gone about hording the cash.

    The daughters talk about these properties as ‘investments’ and you know they didn’t come up with that themselves.

    On a different note, they are pretty without make-up.

    • garvels says:

      I see your point, but don’t they still have to pay taxes on the homes if Bernie passes away? Family farms in the US usually have to be sold because the surviving family members can not afford to pay the inheritance taxes to keep the farm intact. If Bernie gifts the money to the girls to purchase these homes while he is alive…don’t they still have to pay taxes on that money as well?

      • LAK says:

        Above a minimum amount, we pay taxes twice. It really hits rich people because the inheritance tax AKA the death tax is much higher than regular taxes and is unavoidable unless one constructs a reliable tax web that foxes the tax man.

        There is a law stating that if inheritance is received 7yrs prior to death, then death tax can be avoided or is minimal at best.

        Gifting them with an exhorbitantly priced home which they intend for personal use will incurr less taxes than if they receive the same home after death. Should the girls sell the homes, they are perfectly within their rights, by the law to pocket the cash without incurring any further taxation. Assuming their father holds on for 7yrs, he would have successfully but stealthily transferred the inheritance to them at minimal cost. It wouldn’t take long given the price tags of the homes they are purchasing.

      • LAK says:

        Just wanted to add that given how the divorce arrangements were settled, I would say that their father doesn’t appear to have put together a complex tax web that can sustain future generations in the manner of the Goldsmiths.

        Buying exhorbitant real estate for the girls seems to be the way he is going about the transfer. And if you think about it, $125M a pop will exhaust $2.8B in no time. A man who has been very careful with his money, isn’t going to be suddenly careless unless he is senile.

      • Justaposter says:

        LAK what a clever critter Daddy is.

        Sadly nobody here will pay attention to your fantastic explanation.

    • garvels says:

      LAK-interesting. I agree that their father seems to be a very crafty businessman who is not inclined to wasting hundreds of millions$$$$$….so this makes sense now. Thanks.

    • Madriani's Girl says:

      I was wondering hw that worked. $100M is actually not a small part of $2.4B fortune. Spend that amount 20 or so times and there goes the fortune. I can’t comprehend such large amounts but it made me wonder why he is letting these two spend like this.

    • Debra says:

      This summer I was in the U.K. and read about the home one was remodeling in London. The Dad was interviewed by a newspaper and seemed to express some dissatisfaction with their spending habits, but their Mom was loaning out the money for it.

      • LAK says:

        The dad complained of frivolous spending like wine for the wedding which he refused to pay for because it was ridiculous.

        I think he refused to pay for entire wedding for same because he thinks their day to day spending is out of control.

        He has been supportive of the house purchases. he refers to them as investments.

        The entire divorce settlement is really sketchy because business was and apparently remains in ex-wife’s name but he gave her a divorce settlement…..

        see also: the billionaire guy who owns Top Shop who on paper doesn’t have a penny to his name because business is in his wife’s name.

    • emmie_a says:

      I see your theory LAK but I read that Petra’s mother (who is divorced from Bernie) loaned her the money for her mansion. …Unless that money is still somehow in Bernie’s name??

    • lady X says:

      Actually this money came from their mother not Bernie.. Their parents are divorce and the mother received half of his $2 billion fortune because they were married 26 years … She got most of the money because bernie used their mother as a tax shelter while they were married and moved a lot of the money and homes in her name alone to avoid the tax man … The money their mother received is in a Swiss Trust Fund for the girls … Petra the youngest child ( the blonde one) used cash from that trust (from her mom) to pay for the house…. So Bernie has his own money and the girls where already given there trust funds… Now on his death they will receive homes and money I am sure and they will pay an inheritance tax on the money they receive based on the country they receive it in … In America I believe the tax on money received is 10% ….!!!

  30. Jenna says:

    I love F1, and am resisting being bitchy about this…but I wonder if they have a publicist. Or stylist.

  31. phlyfiremama says:

    Disgusting. I vote that we don’t feed this particular disease any more energy from here on out…

    • Chatcat says:

      I couldn’t agree more!

      Being a reality TV star is NOT a job. So these two are just overly spoiled billionaires who flaunt themselves and their (Daddy’s) money and extravagant houses and lifestyles because…they can’t find any charity to donate their excessive amount of money and more excessive amount of time to?

      I mean how obnoxious could you be? These girls are not only unattractive on the outside but their seedy side seeps right out in every picture shown here.

      If I were a Brit, I’d clearly be more embarrassed by these two as representative of young Brit’s being headliners then I would be of Will & Kate (tax dollars not included). I mean how Kartrashian/Hilton combined and then some! UGH.

  32. lflips says:

    disgusting. They are disgusting and that house is disgusting.

  33. kh says:

    Ugh, they always look so cheap and crusty. With that much money they have no excuse, I get that they don’t have taste, but are their hair stylists, make-up artists etc. blind?

  34. garvels says:

    These girls have no concept of the value of money. I could see these two blowing through their father’s money, after he kicks the bucket, in record time…..and ending up bankrupt and broke and living like fashionable bag ladies on the streets of Burbank.

  35. mar says:

    these are the ugliest, tackiest pictures I have ever seen!

  36. EscapedConvent says:

    When I saw the headline, the first thought popping into my head was “I’ll bet she’s buying Fleur de Lys.” How else could she outshine her sister’s house?

    It’s shocking for one woman & her dogs to live in such a massive place. I guess the housekeepers will ride Segways just to answer the door?

    However, I will admit I love that little pool house & wish I had one just like it!

  37. Sugarrbunny says:

    I do like the Petite Trianon pool house, clever

  38. Riana says:

    The houses are GORGEOUS, shame they’re wasted on such tacky women.

  39. Amanda Huggenkiss says:

    One word for each … Euro-trash.

  40. madpoe says:

    Photos induced my seizures!
    I don’t get seizures!
    The electric bill on that manison! Gawd!

  41. Aubra says:

    It’s tacky new money, but who are we to say what they SHOULD do with it? That’s way pertentious and I never understood it.

  42. Rux says:

    When I first looked at that picture I thought it was some red carpet thingy with Jenna Jameson and Lindsay Lohan.

  43. Cody says:

    Do these sisters really own these homes or they just investments that Daddy is making and they get to live there until he liquidates his assets.

  44. Havik says:

    I can’t bloody stand Bernie and I honestly doubt his daughters are much better. Hopefully this is the last time we cover these mini Katie Prices, yes?

  45. Suzy says:

    There’s no accounting for class, huh? What a bunch of skanks.

  46. Skipper says:

    What’s with the whole gypsy styling epidemic in the UK? Since when did orange skin, stripper hair, clown makeup and slutty clothes become the standard of beauty?? You see this everywhere on TV now… <>. Victoria Beckham fell victim to this look for a while too, until she realized it wouldn’t get her on the cover of Vogue, and then she quickly changed her tune (for the better, I might add). But tons of girls/women are still aspiring to this look… I really don’t get it. All the money in the world cannot buy a sense of class or style.

  47. Brittney says:

    Good call about the Met… it does look exactly like those rooms. Looks a lot like that very very ornate dollhouse too (can’t remember who designed it, but it was famous a few decades ago).

    As I scrolled through their pictures (for a good laugh, admittedly), I was kind of shocked when I got to the last one — they don’t look awful!! If they’d wipe off their faces and stop spray-tanning, they actually would be capable of looking as wealthy as they are.

  48. babythastarsshinebrite says:

    well they’re not broke hoes…

  49. LadyL says:

    The money is coming from a trust set-up following the divorce of the parents (you should see that odd couple) and not directly from Bernie’s pocket. It has been reported he’s not very impressed by the way they have chosen to spend their money.

  50. Jen says:

    That other one looks like Kendra Wilkinson.

  51. Elena says:

    All these comments about the Ecclestone sisters living in third world countries next lifetime are offensive to people who actually endure poverty in said countries or elsewhere. Or maybe they too were greedy billionaires in their previous lives who got what they deserved?
    I know that is hardly what you meant, however you can tell what I mean, I hope.

  52. Emma says:

    You put money in a garbage bin and it becomes a garbage bin with money in it. It cannot change what it is!

  53. Abby says:

    I thought the title said “out extension” and I clicked to look at the hair. my bad.


  54. iseepinkelefants says:

    I actually like the Eccelston sisters. I feel really bad for them actually. Their dada shows zero interest in them so I get why they spend his money the way they do (and why he lets them). I wouldn’t nessicarily compare them to the Hiltons because unlike Paris Tamara doesn’t seem to actualy revel in causing harm and being mean (I never got that impression from her show unlike Paris or KK).

    Also the whole rivarly seems fairly new. They’re incrediably close. Never got the impression Tamara is scheming to one up Petra.

  55. Whatever!!! says:

    What is wrong with these greedy selfish awful people. Donate some of that money to the hungry the poor. There are children starving and the both have enough space to house many of them. Ugh. So ugly inside and out. Their father must be proud of the waste of space he has raised. x2 Father and daughters of the year. Simply disgusting.

  56. Scarlet Pimpernel says:

    These girls look like the sort of women-of-ill-repute that hang around F1 courses … but of course those would have been the sort of female role models they would have largely had growing up. I think Bernie’s fortune is going to disappear within one generation …

  57. Mandy says:

    ER-MAW-GARD at the pic of Tamara alone in white. Too funny. She looks like a VERY low budget Angelina Jolie.

  58. HCS says:

    Aaah… there’s nothing like being a rich slut.