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Auction of historic pipes from the Grand Organ

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Your once-in-a-generation chance to own a piece of York Minster’s musical heritage as historic pipes from the cathedral’s Grand Organ are offered for auction online.

Thirty decorative case pipes, which date from 1832 and are among the oldest surviving pipes in the existing organ, are being auctioned to raise funds for the current once-a-century, £2m project to refurbish the instrument.

The 30 pipes are part of a set of 102 case pipes removed from the organ in October 2018. Although the majority of the set are being restored and returned to the instrument, these 30 pipes were beyond economic repair and will be replaced with new pipes painted to match the originals.

The redundant pipes are therefore being offered for auction to help raise funds for the refurbishment project and to support the future of organ music at the cathedral throughout the 21st century and beyond.

The pipes are from the north and south sides of the organ case, and range in length from 210cm to 239cm. They were made in the early 1830s when the entire Grand Organ was rebuilt after a fire in 1829 destroyed the cathedral’s Quire and the previous instrument.

Originally painted green, the case pipes were updated in 1859 to the distinctive gold, green, cream and red decoration seen today.

The auction is being organised by the York Minster Fund and will run until 12noon on Friday 27 September. For further information and to place a bid, visit givergy.uk/yorkminsterorganpipeauction.

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