This is a report from a London newspaper published
after the five days' auction, from 4 to 8 November 1919, conducted
by Christie's in London, by authority of the Trustees of the late
12th Duke of Hamilton, of the most important
of the contents of Hamilton Palace.
The sale demonstrated the contrast between the
great landowners, desperately needing cash to maintain their estates
burdened by the Great War (World War I) which had ended a year earlier,
and those in the United Kingdom, Europe and especially in the USA
who had made fortunes out of the war.
Many of the treasures of Hamilton Palace had come
from the collection of William Beckford who designed and built Fonthill
Abbey in Wiltshire, and whose daughter Susan
married the 10th Duke. 'Fonthill was
a dream; Hamilton evidently became a nightmare. In a few months
the Scottish Palace will be a memory'.