Princess Di family art collection on sale

2010-07-06 08:05

Art, antiques and even carriages owned by the aristocratic family

of Diana, Princess of Wales, are to go on sale in London from today.

The three auctions feature items which once belonged at Althorp

House, the Spencer family’s country estate in Northhamptonshire, and in Spencer

House, their historic London home.

Althorp was where Diana grew up and became the site of her burial

following her death in 1997 in a car crash in Paris. The estate is now occupied

by Diana’s brother Earl Charles Spencer.

While none of the lots were purchased by Diana, many have been in

her family for centuries – including a painting by Peter Paul Rubens, Commander

Being Armed for Battle, which the Spencer family has owned since 1802.

The portrait was painted in 1613 and 1614 and depicts a bearded

man, believed to be the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V, being fitted with his


It is expected to fetch between 8 million and 12 million pounds at

Christie’s auction house’s Old Masters sale today.

A second painting, King David, by Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, is

estimated to sell for as much as 8 million pounds.

A sale beginning tomorrow, the Althorp Attic Sale, includes

important 19th century carriages owned by the family – some with harnesses – as

well as saddles, furniture, snuff and cigarette boxes, and military uniforms.

A third sale, which starts on Thursday, includes works of art and

porcelain from Spencer House, which overlooks London’s Green Park.


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