Items from Diana’s homes sold for $32M
Posted: Friday, July 9, 2010 8:02 pm
LONDON (AP) — A collection of paintings, antiques and assorted household items owned by the aristocratic family of the late Princess Diana sold for a total of 21.1 million pounds ($32 million) in London, Christie’s auctioneers said Thursday.
The eclectic collection featured hundreds of items in a range of prices — from a masterpiece portrait by Peter Paul Rubens to horse carriages, dishes and jugs.
All the items offered at the three-day sale once belonged at Althorp House, the Spencer family’s country estate in Northhamptonshire, and in Spencer House, their historic London home. While none of the lots were owned by Diana, many have been in her family for centuries.
Althorp was where Diana grew up and it 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.
At the top of the price range was Rubens’ “Commander Being Armed for Battle,” which sold for 9 million pounds ($14 million) at Christie’s Old Masters sale on Tuesday.
The Spencer family had owned it since 1802.
About a dozen horse-drawn carriages were on offer, and one — The Spencer State Chariot, used at the coronation of King Edward VII in 1902 — was sold for 133,250 pounds ($202,000).
There were more affordable items, too. A sword stand was sold for 150 pounds ($228), while a piece of wood — said to be the only piece saved from the stables at Spencer House — went for the same price. Those stables were bombed during World War II, Christie’s said.
The auction house said the sale attracted heavy international demand from clients who bid on the Internet, including some from China, Albania and Kazakhstan.
Published in The Messenger 7.9.10