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ROYAL TAG SALE

The contents of the attics at Princess Diana's ancestral home will be auctioned later this year, her brother announced.

More than 300 items from Althorp, the Spencer family's country home in central England, will be sold by Sotheby's auction house on June 19. They include furniture, paintings, porcelain, books and 100 fire prongs, but none of the princess's personal effects.

Bidders also will be able to purchase saddles, harnesses and 15 to 20 carriages from Althorp's stables. The stables have been converted into a visitor center and exhibition in memory of Diana, who died in a car accident in Paris in 1997.

The sale is expected to raise about $3 million, which will be used to buy new works of art for the estate, home to the Spencer family since 1486. Proceeds from the sale of the carriages will go toward the Diana commemorative center.

"While it is always difficult to part with objects that have long been associated with my family, our space limitations oblige us to do so," said Earl Spencer.

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