Hundreds of items from the attics of the Duke of Devonshire's home at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire are to go under the hammer at Sotheby's in October
The current Duke says that "although Chatsworth is big, the attics are choc-a-bloc. You couldn't open the doors to some of them. We needed to make some space and that's why we're having the sale."
The highlight of the auction is this 18th century William Kent marble fireplace, which could be worth up to £300,000
But many of the lots, like these meat domes, are much less grand, if still fascinating
There is a wide range of decorated tea cups...
a library ladder and antique books...
... and a vast array of textiles, all of which have been hidden away for years
This door, from the dining room at Devonshire House, has an estimate of £8,000 to £12,000
While this chimney piece features some fine carving
This ultimate "clearout sale" encompasses the decorative, like these Chinese curtains...
... as well as practical items, like these 19th century garden lamps
Items to be auctioned include a number of personal possessions of the Dowager Duchess, Deborah Devonshire, the youngest of the Mitford girls, who transformed Chatsworth's fortunes in the 1950s
And the huge and diverse sale even features a Humber motorcar
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