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St Cuthbert’s coffin fragment up for auction

COFFIN LOT: A section of St Cuthbert's coffin and robe, which will be sold at auction next week.

COFFIN LOT: A section of St Cuthbert's coffin and robe, which will be sold at auction next week.

A FRAGMENT from the coffin of St Cuthbert is among an archive of items being put up for auction.

Ian Curry, who lived in Sunderland, was Durham Cathedral’s consultant architect and died in 2012.

Now a series of artefacts, including the piece of wood and robe belonging to the saint, collected during his work on refurbishing churches are being sold at auction.

Julian Thomson, director of Anderson & Garland auctioneers, said: “It’s very unusual.

“Fragments of the coffin were removed as souvenirs when St Cuthbert’s tomb was opened in the 1820s. It was opened again in 1899 and the remaining pieces were removed.

“We haven’t sold any of the fragments before.

“They have been spread to the four corners.

“This is a one-off and we are hoping for interest from religious houses and museums.”

The fragment is displayed in a frame and will go to auction with an estimate of between £200 and £300.

St Cuthbert, recognised as the patron saint of the North East, died in 687. Other items being sold include a stained glass window, stonework and a full-sized fibreglass and metal cast of the Durham Cathedral sanctuary knocker.

 

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