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Inside The Kirk, the Surry Hills church owned by dominatrix ‘Madam Lash’, as it sells for $6million

Inside the church used for WILD sex parties in the centre of Australia’s biggest city – as the dominatrix owner known as ‘Madam Lash’ sells it for an eye-watering price

  • Deconsecrated Sydney church and wild party venue The Kirk sold for $6million   
  • It was sold by dominatrix and sex party hostess Gretel Pinniger aka Madam Lash
  • The church housed countless wild and sexually experimental parties 

Famed dominatrix Madam Lash has sold the old and deconsecrated church where she once hosted wild sex parties for $6million.

Gretel Pinniger, aka Madam Lash, bought the gothic building, known as The Kirk on Cleveland Street, Surry Hills in Sydney from the Methodist Church in 1986 for just $205,000.

The church went on to house burlesque shows and countless wild experimental parties.

Gretel Pinniger, aka Madam Lash, became a celebrity advocate of whipping and bondage for rich and powerful male clients and in 1986 bought an old Methodist Church, The Kirk

She paid just $205,000 for the church meaning she received nearly 30 times its original value when it sold at auction for $6million last week

She paid just $205,000 for the church meaning she received nearly 30 times its original value when it sold at auction for $6million last week

After it was deconsecrated, the old church hosted burlesque shows and wild experimental parties

After it was deconsecrated, the old church hosted burlesque shows and wild experimental parties

Prior to Ms Pinniger’s ownership, The Kirk, was a gallery and concert space in the 1970s. 

Rock hall-of-famers AC/DC filmed the music video for one of their signature songs at the church – Let There Be Rock. 

But the church fell into disrepair and Ms Pinniger had to constantly erect fences or change locks on the property to prevent squatters from occupying it and potentially setting it on fire. 

In April this year Ms Pinniger, now 76, won approval to convert The Kirk into a 26-room boarding house, which became part of its marketing appeal for commercial property agents JLL.

When it fell into disrepair, Ms Pinniger had to constantly erect fences or change locks on the property to prevent squatters from occupying it and potentially setting it on fire

When it fell into disrepair, Ms Pinniger had to constantly erect fences or change locks on the property to prevent squatters from occupying it and potentially setting it on fire

At the time she said she wanted The Kirk to again become a place for musicians and artists to ‘have all the fun we used to have’. 

Her $5.6million plans to redevelop The Kirk gained council approval despite objections from NIMBY neighbours worried about the size of her development, the noise, privacy and parking. 

The Kirk drew over 200 enquiries when it hit the market, was inspected 30 times and eventually six registered bidders fought it out to secure the iconic 578sq metre building. 

The building has now been approved to be turned into 24 residential studios. 

Even before Madam Lash bought The Kirk (above) in Surry Hills it was the scene of wild parties and a concert venue for rocks bands in the 1970s and 1980s

Even before Madam Lash bought The Kirk (above) in Surry Hills it was the scene of wild parties and a concert venue for rocks bands in the 1970s and 1980s

Madam Lash is the dominatrix alter ego of Gretel Pinniger (above) who became famous for sex parties and wealthy male clients including James Packer's uncle Clyde

Madam Lash is the dominatrix alter ego of Gretel Pinniger (above) who became famous for sex parties and wealthy male clients including James Packer’s uncle Clyde

It went up for auction on November 3, with opening bids at $4.5million and sold for $6million.

Ms Pinniger became a celebrity advocate of whipping and bondage for rich and powerful male clients, including James Packer’s uncle Clyde and businessman Gordon Barton.

She was also a successful artist, twice having works entered in the prestigious Archibald Prize.

She also used The Kirk as an art space and once said ‘I never took an acid trip without doing a painting’. 

Ms Pinniger also ran for the Senate at the 1996 election, representing the Extra Dimension Party.

The former dominatrix now lives in Palm Beach, in Sydney’s northern beaches, and had previously rented out The Kirk on Airbnb for events including hens’ and bucks’ parties. 

The Kirk went up for auction on November 3, with opening bids at $4.5million and sold for $6million

The Kirk went up for auction on November 3, with opening bids at $4.5million and sold for $6million

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