Tuesday, 4 August 2009

'Templar relic found at car boot sale...'

'An antiques dealer has picked up what could be a priceless church relic dating back 1,300 years at a car boot sale.

The small piece of painted wood is believed to have come from a box which the Knights Templar used to protect religious items as they moved across Europe during the Crusades of the Middle Ages.

Quite how this ornate piece of wood found its way to a car boot sale in Yorkshire is anyone's guess.

But it could bring Leeds antiques dealer Martin Roberts a big windfall at the next stop on its unlikely journey - an auction house in London.

... Most experts are of the view that this piece was more than likely from a tabernacle which the Knights Templar would have used to carry the sacrament and other religious items.'

More: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1203990/Antiques-dealer-buys-old-junk-car-boot-sale---picks-1-300-year-old-Knights-Templar-relic.html

2 comments:

Therese said...

If the piece commands a large sum, it would be a second major triumph in two years for Mr Roberts, who bought an ancient Egyptian artefact for £50 and sold it for £30,000 in 2007.
He acquired the tabernacle door from a friend at a car boot sale in Otley ...


Um ... yeah, no problem.

Two antiquities with no provenenance hit the market through him, both sourced by accident. I have no difficulty in believing that.

I am sure he is not involved in the undercover antiquities trade.

Newspaceman said...

Been to at least five hundred car boot sales, rarely hear of a swap except in select circles of specialist collectors.

Never heard of 10% if sold on later.

Note the stuff he "swapped it" for cost £13.

You ever seen Lovejoy, Ben ?

If anything with suspect history of obtaining turns up at auction, is always a CBS find.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/jan/29/artnews.art
cheers