Lighting from the Luton Hoo Collection to be Auctioned at Bellmans

Bellmans Auctioneers are offering for sale Part II of The Luton Hoo Collection, Part I of which was sold at Christies, London on 3rd December 2014. This will make up nineteen lots in our December Antiques and Interiors sale, and will go under the hammer on Friday 5th December from 10am.

Luton Hoo is an English country manor house and estate situated between the towns of Luton in Bedfordshire and Harpenden in Hertfordshire. The uncommon name "Hoo" is a Saxon word meaning ‘the spur of a hill’.

A family called de Hoo lived on the site for four centuries, until the death of Lord Thomas Hoo in 1455. The manor passed down through many notable families through the centuries, from the de Hoo, to Rotherham, to Napier. Records indicate that the estate was bought for £94,700 by John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute, in 1762. After a calamitous tenure as Prime Minister from 1762 to 1763 Bute employed neoclassical architect Robert Adam, together with whom he concentrated his energies on this, his prized property.

Set in grounds designed by Capability Brown, Luton Hoo has accommodated many honoured guests in its distinguished history, including Winston Churchill, who addressed 100,000 people on the lawns of the estate in 1948 to thank them for their backing during the war.

In recent years, the impressive house and grounds have set the scene in many films including War Horse, Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Secret Garden and Enigma, and in TV series’ including Little Dorrit and Bleak House.

The nineteen lots of lighting going under the hammer at Bellmans on Friday 5th December 2014 offer the opportunity to invest in a piece of the enthralling history of Luton Hoo.

The sale is on view from midday on Friday 28th November until the morning of the sale, and is fully illustrated online from Thursday 27th November. Online bidding is available via For more information and to register your interest, please contact Bellmans Auctioneers direct on 01403 700858.