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Press Release - January 13, 2015

Highclere Castle Comes to Dallas

"Treasures of Highclere Castle" event features Heritage Auctions VP and "Antiques Roadshow" appraiser Nick Dawes

Downton Abbey
DALLAS — As American fans settle in to Season 5 of the PBS's award-winning "Downton Abbey," Heritage Auctions Vice President and "Antiques Roadshow" appraiser Nick Dawes is the featured presenter at "The Treasures of Highclere Castle," a presentation on the magnificent art and furnishings that play a key role in the series — despite having no speaking part. The event, fully open to the public, takes place at 6 p.m., Feb. 10 as part of Heritage Auctions' Second Tuesdays at Slocum Lecture Series, held at the firm's Design District Annex, located at 1518 Slocum St.

"The magnificent furnishings of Highclere Castle are crucial to every episode," said Dawes, who is celebrating his 20th season on "Antiques Roadshow" this year. "The splendor of the age and pedigree of the Crawley family is reflected in these objects. We hope you will join us for an opportunity to travel back in time."

Dawes recently teamed up with Jessica Fellowes, author of the companion book " A Year in the Life of Downton Abbey," and cast members Kevin Doyle (reluctant footman Joseph Molesley) and Raquel Cassidy (Lady Grantham's mysterious Lady's Maid Phyllis Baxter) for a weekend event at Sea Island in Georgia to promote the new season debut of "Downton Abbey" on PBS.

The lecture includes a brief history of the taste reflected in Highclere Castle, references to additional English country houses and fascinating insight into a world very different from our own. The event is free, but space is limited. The evening will include wine and hors d'oeuvres, and a preview of Heritage's enormous, 1,200-lot Fine & Decorative Art Including Estates Auction scheduled for February 21-22.

To reserve your spot to "The Treasures of Highclere Castle," please contact Heritage Auctions at RSVP@HA.com or call 214-409-1050.

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