Rare Gravestone Up For Auction
9:41am 25th July 2013
(Updated 9:44am 25th July 2013)
A rare and priceless Anglo-Saxon gravestone found at the back of someone's garage is being auctioned off in Dorchester.
It was only spotted when Fine Art Auctioneers, Duke's of Dorchester, were called out to the house for a valuation.
The grave marker was at the back of a garage behind some cardboard boxes and garden tools.
The Derbyshire stone measures 32" high and experts have dated it back to AD878, in the time of King Alfred the Great.
A specialist in Anglo-Saxon antiquities commented: "Anglo-Saxon grave markers rarely appear on the market and this is a fine example comparable to others from Peterborough Cathedral". Experts from Buxton Museum in Derbyshire have confirmed that the grave marker dates from the 9th century.
The gravestone will be sold at Dukes on August 1st.