On Sale Today: Items From Princess Di's Family Homes

Items have been in the Spencer family for centuries
By Sarah Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 6, 2010 8:58 AM CDT
Employees pose on an early Victorian private coach at Christie's in London on July 2, 2010. The carriage is among the highlights of selection of works from Althorp and Spencer House.   (AP Photo/Akira Suemori)
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(Newser) – If you wish you could get a little closer to Princess Di but aren't interested in buying jam made from her hair, you have another shopping opportunity: Beginning today, art, antiques, and old carriages owned by her family will be sold at three separate auctions, the AP reports. Many of the items from Althorp House, where Diana grew up and is buried, and Spencer House in London have been in the aristocratic Spencer family for centuries.

A painting by Peter Paul Rubens is likely to bring in the most cash, possibly up to $18 million, at today's auction. Starting tomorrow, 19th-century carriages, saddles, and furniture will be sold at the "Althorp Attic Sale." And on Thursday, art and porcelain from Spencer House will be auctioned.

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