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Art, silverware and a GIANT candlestick: See what's up for grabs at monks' fundraising auction in Mirfield

The Community of the Resurrection expect up to 200 bidders to compete for bargains

A monastery is opening its doors for a fundraising auction which could raise up to £10,000 for church funds.

From bronze statues, oil paintings and Victorian furniture to pots, pans and kettles there promises to be something for everyone.

The Community of the Resurrection in Stocks Bank Road, Mirfield, will stage its fourth fundraising auction on Saturday (April 9).

For the last few months one of the monks, Father John Gribben, has been clearing out cupboards, storage rooms and hiding places around the monastery and religious college.

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He has also sought out donations from across the country and this weekend 400 lots will go under the hammer.

It’s been called a “house clearance with a difference” and Fr John said: “We are very excited about it.

“If past auctions are anything to go by there will be a real buzz and we expect as many as 300 people to come through the doors and 200 of those to be bidders.”

Among the items are a 19th century oil on canvas by French early impressionist Maurice Levis, which may fetch up to £2,000, along two bronze sculptures of Mercury and Narcissus could make £300 to £600.

There’s a Victorian suite and art deco-style cabinet from a man who died and left the contents of his London flat to the community and there’s also an early Ashley Jackson moorland scene, thought to be dated 1971.

Fr John Gribben with a paschal candlestick one of the many lots in the Community of the Resurrection forthcoming auction.

Many of the items come from the monastery including a canteen-sized steamer, boiler and grills, vestments for clergy and a huge paschal candlestick used in Easter celebrations.

There is also a landscape painting of Ffestiniog by Cecil Arthur Hunt which sold for £950 in 1988.

There will be silverware, old photographs, stamps, coins and medals and Fr John said: “There’s something for all budgets. There are things that are useful and things that are beautiful. It’s going to be a good auction.”

Fr John Gribben with one of the many lots in the Community of the Resurrection forthcoming auction.

The previous auctions raised a £150,000 with precious jewels and a letter from George Prince Regent selling for £30,000 alone.

Previous auctions raised funds for church restoration but this one – also conducted by Fr John’s retired auctioneer brother George – will raise money to support the work of the community.

The college provides religious teaching and is also a place of retreat and reflection.

“There will be lots from a fiver to a couple of thousand pounds,” said Fr John. “There’s even an auctioneer coming over from Belfast but we’ve no idea what he’s got his eyes on but you wouldn’t come all that way for nothing.”

Viewing is on Friday (10am-4pm) and Saturday (10am-1.30pm). The auction starts at 2pm.



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