THE millionaire domestic Godess Nigella Lawson was exposed as using ebay to offload her clutter when she put a friend’s signed book up for auction.
Unfortunately for the celebrity cook she chose eBay to offload one of her friend Sophia Waugh's books – and it was spotted by the writer.
Miss Waugh, the granddaughter of the novelist Evelyn, tweeted the whole incident and added "Tears of joy/laughter from us. Caught out" at the end of her account.
The spat came to light last Friday just two days after it was announced that Miss Lawson and her husband Charles Saatchi had sold their home in Belgravia for £25m (€30 m).
Miss Waugh, the writer and daughter of Auberon Waugh, discovered a book she had dedicated to her old friend had resurfaced on eBay.
“OK, this is complicated,” Miss Waugh related on Twitter.
“But worth it. So I give a copy of my novel to a friend. Let’s call her Nigella. Another friend notices a gap in my backlist on her shelf. Turns to eBay. Buys book.
"Happens to be mutual friend of — say — Nigella. Book arrives signed from me to — say — Nigella. Didn’t realise there were troubled times. T
"Tears of joy/laughter from us. Caught out.”
Any confusion that it was not the daughter of the former chancellor of the exchequer Nigel Lawson was soon cleared up.
Miss Waugh further tweets: “But if there is further trouble we are both happy to send a tenner to let’s say @Nigella_Lawson. Old friends and all.”
The domestic goddess herself elucidated further. She retweeted Waugh’s message adding a cheery “Hello!” on the end.
When she was contacted later she refused to comment saying that she was too busy writing her latest book to add anything.
The incident mirrors almost exactly a literary spat between novelists Paul Theroux and VS Naipaul.
The former discovered one of his books was up for sale for £1,000 which he had personally inscribed “with love” and given as a present to Mr Naipaul.
He was so upset it led to the two men having a silent feud for 15 years.
The latest move by Miss Lawson cannot be because she needs the money.
She and her husband have just sold the flat they share in Eaton Square to the Candy brother developers for £25 million (€30 m).
The couple purchased the flat for only £3.8 million (€4.6) in 2001.
They are moving into a new home, an 18th-century ex-factory in Chelsea, worth £12 million.