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"Downton Abbey" Stars Auctioning Themselves Off for Charity

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Great news for Downton Abbey fans who may be experiencing withdrawal symptoms due to the lack of new episodes at the present time.

The New York Post reports Brendan Coyle, the actor who portrays the valet Mr. Bates, and Lesley Nicol, the actress who plays the cook Mrs. Patmore, will be auctioning themselves on May 30 to benefit the Origin Theatre Company in New York City.

Last year, someone paid $20,000 to read poetry to Coyle in a horse-drawn carriage in Central Park, followed by dinner.  This year, Coyle is adding the opportunity to have lunch with him in London. 

Nicol is offering a lucky bidder the chance to have tea with her at Tea and Sympathy in Manhattan. 

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