How would you fancy this in your downstairs loo? You can now buy a bit of the Minster

One of the grotesques from York Minster up for auction
16 Aug 2018 @ 8.08 pm
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If you’re looking for the sort of interior decor you can’t get at Ikea, we might have just the thing.

Old bits of York Minster are going on sale – including grotesques like this cheery fellow.

It’s been two years since the last Minster stonework sale – and for the first time you can browse and bid the pieces up for auction online – via this catalogue.

You can also preview the lots in Dean’s Park on these dates:

  • Saturday 18 August @ 1pm-3pm
  • Sunday 19 August @ 2pm-3pm
  • Monday 20 August @ 5pm-7pm
  • Tuesday 21 August @ 5pm-7pm
  • Wednesday 22 August 10am-noon


The sale takes place on Wednesday (August 22) at the end of four-days of stone-based celebrations. Director of the York Minster Fund Neil Sanderson said:

  • It seems fitting to have the event as part of the four-day celebration of the ancient craft of stonemasonry and we’re looking forward to welcoming people to learn more about the skill which goes into maintaining a fragile masterpiece like York Minster.

World-beating stonemasons in town


One of the biggest events is the Stone Carving Festival.

More than 70 stonemasons from as far afield as India, Iceland, Norway and Cyprus, will carve sculptures focused on the theme All Creatures Great And Small over two days.

The pieces created will also be auctioned at the end of the festival at 3.30pm on Sunday (August 19).

The stone festival events

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