“Downton” Sends Prices Soaring

During the Tony Blair years, stately homes — you know, the unheatably large manor houses featured on “Masterpiece Theatre” for decades — symbolized everything that was outmoded about Britain. But in the wake of “Downton Abbey”‘s sky-high success, the accoutrements of the Tory high life have come back into fashion. And the uptick is sending the prices of country-house-related auctions well beyond expectations.

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