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How you can own a medieval piece of York Minster

Bidders vying to own a piece of history can place offers online for the first time as part of York Minster’s auction of historic stone next week.

14th century window tracery jamb from North Nave aisle of York Minster – it weights 242KG.

The auction, the first since 2016, will take place on Wednesday, August 22nd and features 140 pieces of stone, which have all been removed from the cathedral during conservation work. Lots range in date from 14th century stones to Victorian pieces, with highlights including grotesques, finials and ten lots which form an 18th century pinnacle.

For the first time, interested bidders can now view the stones going under the hammer via an online catalogue, placing bids either in advance or live during the auction.

The event concludes a four-day celebration of the ancient craft of stonemasonry at the Minster, which starts on Friday, August 17th with the annual Stoneyard Open Day, followed by the Stone Carving Festival in Dean’s Park on August 18th and 19th.

The Stone Carving Festival will see more than 70 stonemasons from across the globe gathering for two days of carving on the theme ‘All creatures great and small’, with participants travelling from a range of countries including India, Iceland, Norway and Cyprus, as well as locations across the UK.

Neil Sanderson, Director of the York Minster Fund, commented, “York Minster is an international icon and we’re very grateful for the interest and support it attracts from around the globe. We’re delighted to be able to offer an online catalogue for the first time this year for those who can’t make it along to the auction but would like to own a piece of the cathedral, which has a special place in so many people’s hearts.

“It seems fitting to have the event as part of the four-day celebration of the ancient craft of stonemasonry and we’re looking forward to welcoming people to learn more about the skill which goes into maintaining a fragile masterpiece like York Minster.”

15th century stone from York Minster, that will be sold at auction.

The auction of historic stone starts at 12 noon on August 22nd in Dean’s Park. Lots can be viewed in advance via the online catalogue at auction.yorkminster.org, which has been provided by auctioneers Stephenson & Son and is now open for bids. Five preview events will also take place in Dean’s Park on Saturday 18 August 1pm-3pm, Sunday 19 August 2pm-3pm, Monday 20 August 5pm-7pm, Tuesday 21 August 5pm-7pm and Wednesday 22 August 10am-12noon.

For full details about the auction, as well as the Stone Carving Festival, please visit www.yorkminster.org.

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