Proving that he is human just like the rest of us, Broadway/West End legend Andrew Lloyd Webber has found himself obsessed with Downton Abbey. Unlike the rest of us, he has the money to place a bid on Highclere Castle, the real-life estate used as Downton in the show, and is being a real showy asshole about it. According to the Countess of Carnarvon (the castle's owner), Webber made an unsolicited offer on the estate because he needed a place to store all of his sex masks paintings.

The consensus did appear to be a sense of surprise and outrage that a rich man would think it acceptable to come along, get his cheque book out and take over a piece of history [to house his paintings].

Although the story seems outrageous enough almost to be amusing, it was also painfully rude that he should feel able to dismiss our dedication and determination to sustain the house for future generations, offering to buy us out.


Countess, all you have to do is tell ALW that Bates does not come with the estate and this whole mess will go away.

In related news, I would like to place a bid on Lady Mary's eyebrows. I can offer her a half-punched coffee card and a bag of pita chips.

Countess accuses Andrew Lloyd Webber of 'painfully rude' bid to buy their real-life Downton Abbey [Mail Online]