St Cuthbert’s coffin lot withdrawn from sale

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PART of St Cuthbert’s coffin which was due to be sold off at auction has been withdrawn from sale.

The section of wood and a piece of robe taken from the saint’s resting place was to be sold by Anderson and Garland, after the executors of Ian Curry’s estate put it forward as a lot.

It had been expected to reach between £200 and £300.

The auction house has said the executors have withdrawn it for sale.

Durham Cathedral, where the late Mr Curry had worked as an architect, has said it was aware of the change, but could not make any further comment.

Mr Curry, who lived in Sunderland and a Durham University graduate, died in 2012.

He had collected items as he worked to refurbish churches, with a stained-glass window, stonework and a full-sized fibre-glass cast of the cathedral’s knocker among, those which will be sold off.

Fragments of the coffin were removed as souvenirs when St Cuthbert’s tomb was opened in the 1820s, with the remaining pieces removed in 1899.