French singer Edith Piaf’s ‘love boat’ for sale: 40ft yacht in London that icon was rumoured to use for secret trysts and once hosted party thrown by Nigel Farage goes up for sale for £1.5m
- The Flamant Rose, or ‘Pink Flamingo’, is docked in St. Katharine’s Dock at the foot of the Tower of London
- Current owner, high-profile celebrity hypnotist and author Valerie Austin, loaned the boat to Nigel Farage
- The yacht supposedly served as a ‘love boat’ for Piaf and famed French-Algerian boxer Marcel Cerdan
French singer Edith Piaf’s ‘love boat’, which the icon was rumoured to use for secret trysts, is up for sale for £1.5million.
The 40-foot long Flamant Rose, or ‘Pink Flamingo’ in English, rests in St. Katharine’s Dock, Central London, at the foot of the Tower of London and has stunning views of the River Thames.
The yacht supposedly served as a love nest for Piaf and famed French-Algerian boxer Marcel Cerdan.
Current owner, high-profile celebrity hypnotist and author Valerie Austin, used the boat to host a party thrown by Nigel Farage to celebrate his prominent Brexit donors.
French singer Edith Piaf’s ‘love boat’, which the icon was rumoured to use for secret trysts, is up for sale for £1.5million
The 40-foot long Flamant Rose (pictured), or ‘Pink Flamingo’ in English, rests in St. Katharine’s Dock at the foot of the Tower of London and has stunning views of the River Thames
Called France’s national chanteuse, Piaf’s widely known songs include La Vie en rose (1946), Non, je ne regrette rien (1960) and Hymne à l’amour (1949)
French icon whose hits La Vie en rose or Non, je ne regrette rien made her an international star before her life ended in tragedy at 47
Edith Piaf (19 December 1915 – 10 October 1963) was a French singer and actress whose interpretation of the French ballad made her internationally famous.
Among her trademark songs were Non, je ne regrette rien (No, I Don’t Regret Anything) and La Vie en rose (literally Life in Pink).
Piaf’s songs and singing style seemed to reflect the tragedies of her own difficult life.
Her mother, a café singer, abandoned her at birth, and she was taken in by her grandmother, who reared the girl in a brothel.
Piaf reportedly became blind at age three as a complication of meningitis but recovered her sight four years later.
In her later life, Piaf was involved in several serious car accidents, and she suffered from failing health, partly due to alcohol and drug abuse.
She died at the age of 47, reportedly from liver cancer.
Austin’s husband, James Pool, bought the boat as a gift for his wife 25 years ago.
‘We were a fairly new couple at that time, we’d just got married.
‘We kept our own accounts so I didn’t really know he could afford it,’ Austin told the Evening Standard.
‘Edith Piaf had the boat when it was her happy time, before her boyfriend was killed,’ she added.
‘She used to do séances there because it has an iron hull, which is supposed to be spiritually electric.
‘I’ve had quite a few top psychics on board and they all love the feeling of it.’
Formerly based more than 200 miles away in the Somme River in France, the boat was once a favourite of Piaf.
A world-renowned singer, the Flamant Rose was Piaf’s base when she was touring.
Called France’s national chanteuse, Piaf’s widely known songs include La Vie en rose (1946), Non, je ne regrette rien (1960) and Hymne à l’amour (1949).
After her tragic death in 1963, the boat remained moored in the Seine until the late 90s, when it was sailed to the UK.
The stunning yacht has been given a full renovation, now incorporating luxury classic décor, reminiscent of its history, while still including modern comforts like central heating and an up-to-date engine.
The single bedroom on board is tucked away at the back of the boat, with easy access to the yacht’s two bathrooms.
Perfect for an eager party host, the stunning yacht includes a large study and galley area, as well as an upper deck to view the scenery while cruising down the River Thames.
The Flamant Rose is currently listed by Sotheby’s for £1.49 million.
‘Nesting in the tranquil waters of the elegant St Katharine’s Dock marina, Edith Piaf’s ‘Love Boat’, the Flamant Rose has a stylish and gentle dignity, masking a stunningly opulent and charismatic interior,’ reads the Sotheby listing.
‘It is an ideal cruising yacht for home or abroad, equally it’s the perfect base for entertaining family, friends or business associates away from the hustle and in a tranquil and private setting.
‘The Flamant Rose is one-of-a-kind – the only one like it in the world.’
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