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Rare items from Diana's home to be auctioned

world Updated: Apr 04, 2010 10:28 IST

An auction house says it will offer for sale artworks from the ancestral home of Diana, Princess of Wales - including a 12 million pound (USD 18 million) Rubens portrait from the 17th Century.

Christie's auction house said Monday it will sell about 20 million pounds (USD 30 million) worth of artifacts from Althorp House, in Northamptonshire, central England.

Althorp is the home of Diana's brother Earl Charles Spencer, who recently announced his engagement to Lady Bianca Eliot.

The Rubens portrait - "Commander Being Armed for Battle" - has been owned by the Spencer family since 1802.

Other lots include a painting by Giovanni Francesco Barbieri and 19th Century horse-drawn carriages.

Three auctions will take place during the summer.