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York Minster stone auction gives chance to own fragment of history
VISITORS to the annual York Minster auction were given a chance to own their own piece of history yesterday.
One hundred and twenty nine pieces of stonework, formerly part of the Minster, were up for auction to those who wanted to have their very own part of the landmark.
Ranging from smaller stone chunks to a huge round feature nicknamed the jacuzzi, the stones were sold for hundreds of pounds at the auction in the Minster School Yard, Deangate.
Nikki Friesaar, 49, of Earswick, bought a stone from a 14th century turret doorway as a Christmas present for her husband with a bid of £160.
She said: “I have been after a piece of Minster stone for the past five years. Being from York, it has always had that attraction and it is just nice to own a piece of it.”
Mr Ulrich Noetzel, 45, who is originally from Germany but now lives in Walmgate, went head-to- head with another bidder to secure a 19th century piece of stone with gargoyles and other carvings on it.
He said: “My two sons were both baptised in the Minster, so it’s nice to actually have a physical part of it to be able to take away.
“I wanted one with something on rather than just a piece of stone. This one has gargoyles on and my little boy loves them.”
The stones up for auction had all been removed from various parts of the Minster after being deemed structurally unsound.
The money raised will go towards the ongoing restoration and upkeep of the Minster.
Caroline Parker, office manager at the stoneyard works department, is hoping that this year’s auction will beat the £17,000 raised last year.
She said: “We have had a fantastic turnout this year.
“It’s a win-win situation really. They get a bit of the Minster and it frees up the small amount of storage space we have.”
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