The auction features 12 experiences and items that offer a taste of life at Highclere Castle, the real Downton Abbey. Experiences include a dinner for eight, an overnight stay for a group in Lady Sybil’s, Lady Edith’s, and Lady Cora’s quarters, a lesson from the Highclere butler in how to set the table, and a behind-the-scenes tour of the House of Lords plus afternoon tea with Baroness Jenkins.

As depicted in Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle played a significant role in WWI. Lady Almina, the 5th Countess of Carnarvon, turned Highclere into a military hospital during the War just as Downton Abbey opens its doors to wounded soldiers in the second season. Sunday 3 August, Highclere Castle commemorates the start of the First World War in August 1914 and offers an opportunity to help victims of war today.

All proceeds raised by this auction will go to Heroes at Highclere, which supports numerous armed forces charities.

As part of the Heroes at Highclere charity event at Highclere Castle on Sunday, 3 August 2014, Christie’s is delighted to have curated an exhibition showcasing a range of artefacts from countries affected by WWI. The exhibition – Centenary Stories: Remembering the First World War – tells the human story of men and women involved in the war, at home and abroad, through letters, photographs and artefacts from a host of countries
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