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'Abbey' inspires love of antiques

'Abbey' inspires love of antiques

If you're a fan of the hit TV series "Downton Abbey," you may have thought about incorporating elements of the Crawley family's mansion into your own home.

The setting is decidedly English country, and the house — in real life, a historic estate known as Highclere Castle — is filled with antique treasures, many of which will never be available for purchase.

Still, experts say there has been an uptick in interest in antiques that coincides with the popularity of the series, now in its second season. And contrary to popular belief, all antiques are not expensive.

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