Christies announced an online-only charity auction, Heroes at Highclere: Experience the real Downton Abbey, which opens for bidding on Friday 1 August and runs until Thursday 14 August. The auction features 12 experiences and items that offer a taste of life at the real Downton Abbey, with starting bids from £250. Experiences include an overnight stay at Highclere Castle for a party of three couples, who can reside in Lady Sybils, Lady Ediths and Lady Coras quarters (starting bid £10,000); a lesson from the Butlering staff in how to set the table (starting bid £2,000); and afternoon tea with Baroness Jenkin, with a tour of the House of Lords and an overnight stay for two at The Goring Hotel including dinner (starting bid £2,000). The two-week auction will be accessible here
with all proceeds raised going to Armed Forces charities which support both veterans and victims of war, including The Royal British Legion, Oxfam and Combat Stress.
In conjunction with the online-only auction is an exhibition curated by Christies, showcasing a range of artefacts from countries involved in the First World War. 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 an array of countries. Centenary Stories will be on view for one day only at Highclere Castles Heroes at Highclere day of events on Sunday 3 August, and online via christies.com running until January 2015.
The Heroes at Highclere Charity Event, organised by Highclere Castle, commemorates the 100th anniversary of the First World War, for further information visit www.highclerecastle.co.uk. Highclere is where the award winning television period drama Downton Abbey is filmed and both the real and fictional homes have played a role in WWI. Lady Almina, the 5th Countess of Carnarvon, turned Highclere into a military hospital during the First World War; just as Downton Abbey opened its doors to wounded soldiers in the second series.