Laurel`s childhood home to go under the hammer

Updated: Mar 21, 2011, 16:17 PM IST

London: The childhood home of Stan Laurel - of the legendary Hollywood comedy duo Laurel and Hardy - will be auctioned this month.

Bids for the house in Bishop Auckland in Durham county, where the actor lived with his parents, would start at 40,000 pounds, a daily reported.

Laurel was born in Cumbria but spent much of his childhood in Bishop Auckland and was educated at the town`s King James Grammar School.

Above the front door of the house a commemorative plaque reads: "Stan Laurel (Arthur Stanley Jefferson) of Laurel and Hardy lived in this house with his parents. He was baptised in St Peter`s Church on 21st October 1891."

A spokeswoman for the estate agents said she hoped the property would attract Laurel and Hardy fans.

Laurel died aged 74 in the US in 1965.