Anything to do with Princess Diana is always newsworthy, and as such the sale of paintings and antiques from her childhood home of Althorp in Northamptonshire is bound to create some interest. The proceeds of the sale are to go towards the upkeep of Althorp, which in recent years, since the Princess’s death, has almost become a shrine to her memory. £10million will go on roof repairs to the house, plus money for some other necessary renovations.
The items to be sold include a picture by Rubens, worth approximately £12million, and another by Il Guercino worth nearly £8million, plus family antique furniture and other items which are to be sold over three auctions, beginning on the Old Masters sale on the 6th July. The sales are expected to fetch around £20million in total.
Auctioneers at Christies are working their way through this historic house’s rooms, cellars and stables in order to uncover items for the approaching sales. They are confident that the resultant auctions will provide collectors with a fabulous opportunity to acquire historic works of art and other treasures that have been in storage at Althorp for many years. Other interesting pieces included in the sale are a set of 19th century Irish glass centrepieces, worth in the region of £25,000, which were acquired by the 5th Earl Spencer when he was Viceroy of Ireland. Apart from repairs to the roof and other renovations, the proceeds of the sale will also go towards building up the estate for future generations.
For good selections of antique furniture and sound advice on buying antique cabinets in Lancashire , Cumbria, and surrounding areas, see a reputable antiques dealer who will be able to guide you.
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