The Weston family, owners of Selfridges, auctioned the famous British chain for 4 billion pounds (about 4.7 billion euros). The family has appointed Credit Suisse consultants to oversee the auction and plans to send the sales documents to an elite of potential buyers in the coming weeks. Assets up for grabs include the four Selfridges stores in the UK (in London, Manchester and Birmingham) as well as Brown Thomas and Arnotts in Ireland and De Bijenkorf in the Netherlands. In addition to those named, the group also controls the Canadian chain Holt Renfrew. Selfridges is present in the world with 25 stores. The most famous remains the flagship store on Oxford Street in London.