Exiled Greek royals sell off the family silver

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The Greek royal family in exile, stripped of almost all of its property after a coup in 1967, is to sell silverware and other heirlooms rescued from one of its palaces in the hope of raising at least £2 million.

The treasures will be auctioned in London in January, Christie's announced yesterday.

The property is formally described as coming from the collection of King George I of the Hellenes, modern Greece's first monarch, who reigned from 1863 to 1913. But the vendor, who refuses to be named, is almost certainly the deposed King Constantine II of Greece, who has lived in London in relatively straitened circumstances for more than 30 years.

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Thomas Reimer - 12/1/2006

Otto of Bavaria came first!