The House from a 1911 postcard
House & Family History: In 1975 the House and 15,000 acres were sold for £2 million by Bill Stirling, brother of Special Air Service (SAS) founder Sir David Stirling, to Mahdi Al Tajir, a Dubai businessman and United Arab Emirates ambassador.
Collections: Most of the contents of Keir House were sold at Christie's in December of 1982. In 1995 further contents were auctioned for more than £1.5 million. Also in 1995, six paintings were auctioned for £553,000 in Sotheby's Old Masters sale, including "The Pieta" by Luis de Morales, which was hammered down for £311,000.
John Bernard (J.B.) Burke, published under the title of A Visitation of the Seats and Arms of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland, among other titles: 2.S. Vol. II, p. 124, 1855.
Country Life: CLVII. 326, 390, 506, 1975.
Title: Disintegration of a Heritage: Country Houses and their Collections, 1979-1992, The
Author: Sayer, Michael
Year Published: 1993
Publisher: Norfolk: Michael Russell (Publishing)
Book Type: Hardback
House Listed: Category A
Park Listed: Outstanding
Current Seat / Home of: Mahdi Al-Tajir; here since 1975.
Past Seat / Home of: Bill Stirling, late 20th century; Stirling and Stirling-Maxwell families, here from the 15th century until 1975.
Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust
Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home
House Open to Public: No
Historic Houses Member: No