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Earl Spencer Sale

Earl Spencer, the brother of Princess Diana, is selling millions of pounds of items, including a Rubens painting.

A Commander Being Armed for Battle - Rubens

The total estimated value of the sale is expected to reach £30 million. Included in the sale are a Rubens painting, called "A Commander Being Armed for Battle" and "King David" by Il Guercino.

The Rubens, which has been in the family since 1802, is estimated to be worth between £8 million and £12 million. The Il Guercino may fetch up to £8 million.

There will be 500 lots in total, spread over 3 dates during the summer, including a Sevres dinner service, 18th century furniture, textiles and silver.

It has been reported that the sale is to fund a new roof at Althorp, the family's Northamptonshire seat.