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If you have ever wanted to own a piece of York Minster, now is your chance as historic stone removed from the cathedral during conservation work goes under the hammer.

The auction, the first the cathedral has held for two years, will feature around 140 lots ranging in date from 14th century stones to Victorian pieces. Highlights include grotesques, finials and ten lots which form an 18th century pinnacle.

For the first time this year, people will be able to view and bid for the pieces being auctioned via an online catalogue, which is now live and ready for bids. Full terms and conditions for online bids are available here.

Previews of the stones will also take place in Dean’s Park (next to the Old Palace) on:

Money raised from the auction will be used to fund ongoing conservation work at the cathedral.

The auction is part of a four day celebration of the ancient craft of stonemasonry at the cathedral, which starts on Friday 17 August with the annual Stoneyard Open Day, followed by a two-day international Stone Carving Festival in Dean’s Park on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 August. More than 70 stonemasons from across the UK and Europe will showcase their skills creating pieces along the theme ‘All creatures great and small.’

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