**UPDATE **The catalogue can be viewed online at http://www.thecanterburyauctiongalleries.com
For those not able to attend on the day of the sale, it is possible to leave commission bids or bid live online. Please note there is no telephone bidding.
Live bidding is through http://www.the-saleroom.com which can be accessed via a computer, tablet or mobile telephone. Bidders need to register in advance and it is advised that anyone using the system should check how it works prior to the sale.
Successful bidders will become owners of unique pieces of Canterbury Cathedral history at an unusual auction being held next month (September).
More than 140 lots of stone from one of the Cathedral’s largest and finest windows, are to go under the hammer on Saturday 24 September.
The stone has had to be removed from the Great South Window during major conservation work and the pieces being sold range in size and shape from those suitable as large garden ornaments to smaller ones that could be used as book ends.
Many date back to when the Gothic-style window was built in the early 15thcentury and retain the detailed carving and markings of the stonemasons who have worked on the window during the centuries.
Much of the huge 16 metre high and seven metre wide window has had to be rebuilt, in one of the largest projects of its kind ever undertaken in Europe, after a fall of stone in 2009 identified serious structural problems.
Medieval stained glass
Extensive work by the Cathedral’s own stonemasons and stained glass conservators is now nearing completion and the team has restored the structure to one that will again hold the world-renowned, early medieval stained glass depicting the Biblical ancestors of Christ.
The Cathedral’s Head of Conservation, Heather Newton said: “It is very exciting to know that we are about to reach that time when we can see again the stone which has the appearance of being seemingly weightless and will again let light flood back into the building.
“The rebuilding has been an incredible experience to be part of. We have learned so much and we have been able to share that learning with other cathedrals.”
The auction has been organised by Canterbury Cathedral Trust – the independent charity which supports the Cathedral and has helped meet the unexpected cost of replacing the window by raising £2.5 million from private and charitable sources. The money raised from the auction will go towards future conservation work, ensuring the Cathedral’s legacy.
Canterbury Auction Galleries will be running the sale and supporting the event by not charging auctioneer’s fees.
David Parker, General Manager of The Canterbury Auction Galleries, said: “This sale is such an historic venture and we are extremely pleased to have the opportunity to be involved with the Cathedral.”
The auction is at the Cathedral Stonemasonry yard, Shalloak Road, Canterbury CT2 0PR from 14.00 to 16.00 hrs on Saturday September 24. Viewing will be from 14.00 to 17.00 hrs on 17 and 18 September and on the day of the sale from 10.00 to 13.30 hrs when there will be the opportunity to see stonemasons demonstrating their skills and the chance to see stained glass conservators working.
Entry to the auction will be by catalogue (£10 minimum donation) which will enable two adults to attend. Under 18s will be able to attend free. The catalogue is due to be published on during week beginning 5 September and will be available from the Canterbury Cathedral Shop in Burgate, Canterbury.
Parking at the yard during the viewing weekend is limited and parking on the day of the sale will only be for those with a disability. Poynters Coaches will be offering a free shuttle bus to the yard from Kingsmead car park in Canterbury. The Tyler’s Kiln is providing a bar for those attending the sale and a hog roast is being supplied by MB Farms.
Other organisations supporting the fund-raising auction are the Canterbury Sea Cadets, Pardy and Son Printers Ltd, Motorline, Premier Flush, Viridor, Omicron, Purcell, Young Brothers Transport and the Antiques Trade Gazette.