The 9th Earl Spencer in recent years has auctioned some of Althorp's 'best assets', realising £21.1m at Christie’s alone. The two major paintings sold were Rubens’s Portrait of a Commander (1614), which had been in the family since before 1802., which went for £9m; and Guercino’s King David (1651), acquired for Spencer House in 1768 but which went to Althorp in 1924, which sold for £5.2m.
Above: Rubens’s Portrait of a Commander
A further sale at Christie’s of lesser items, including 19th century carriages raised a further £2m.
Below: The Dining Room
Below: The Private Library
The stable block (below) has been converted into an exhibition devoted to the memory of Diana, Princess of Wales.
Diana is interred on a small island in the middle of the lake on the estate.
Above: The 'Temple of Diana' Memorial beside the lake
Below: An urn marking the site of her grave on the island in the lake
Above: A portrait of Diana
Althorp has extensive grounds and gardens, and even had its own railway station called Althorp Park on the Northampton Loop line until 1960. (c.f. my dream of Willowbrook Halt)
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