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Bird like beast on the reverse.
Gardener John Wyatt from Chester could net a £10,000 windfall after discovering an rare Anglo Saxon carving amongst a £50 load of stone rubble he purchased.
The carved piece of international importance goes under the hammer on Friday at Duke’s of Dorchester, Dorset, with an estimate of £10,000.
John paid £50 for the pick-up load of ‘natural stone’ that he saw advertised in the city. On getting home he began to clean the load and noticed the carving.
The Anglo Saxon stone has a Celtic cross on one side and a mythical bird-like beast with interlaced wings on the other.
It has been identified as an extremely rare Anglo Saxon cross-slab from an early Christian monument. It is possible that it was smashed by pagan Viking marauders as an act of defiance against the Christian population.
Dukes - 5th December - £10,000.