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These catalogues list the contents of Hamilton
Palace, sold at two auctions conducted by Christie, Manson & Wood,
the first, of the principal items of furniture, paintings, objets
d'art, silver, porcelain, etc., in London from 4 to 8 November 1919.
The London sale realised over £232,000, a large
part of which represented the price of paintings, including 'The
Misses Beckford when Children' by Romney, then the portraitist 'darling
of Bond Street', sold to Duveen's for a sensational £54,600, and
Rubens' masterly Daniel in the Lions'
Den for a mere £2,520.
The second sale, held in the palace itself from
12 to 14 November, saw the disposal of the remaining contents of
the palace and its fittings and fixtures, including the splendid
late 17th-century oak panelling and the magnificent black
marble staircase, installed by the 10th
Duke of Hamilton, consisting of a double flight of stairs and