As part of Experience Barnsley’s 10th-anniversary celebrations on Tuesday, 27 June, the award-winning museum is auctioning off a stunning piece of artwork. People will have the opportunity to own a life-sized model of Tutankhamun’s sarcophagus.
Created by artist Amanda Stoner the model featured in the museum’s blockbuster exhibition, Tut’22: The Life of Tutankhamun, guest curated by Professor Joann Fletcher.
Thousands of people saw the model which was displayed in a telephone box just outside the Museum on Church Street in Barnsley Town Centre. The phone box has been purchased by Barnsley Museums and converted into a mini museum to showcase heritage on the high street. Pictures of the sarcophagus were seen across the world, and featured on BBC News and The Guardian.
Over five feet long and meticulously created with an astonishing level of detail, it is a truly unique work of art and a must-have for any fan of Egypt.
The piece can be displayed laid down or vertically (with the use of support) and is perfect for education settings, exhibitions, shows, performances, and a real show stopper for any venue or home.
The artwork has a reserve price of £300. Bids can be emailed in advance of the anniversary to email@example.com, telephone bids will be accepted on the day by calling 01226 772 500, or people are invited to come along to bid on the day at Experience Barnsley Museum on Tuesday, 27 June at 3pm. All money from the auction will go to Barnsley Museums and Heritage Trust, a charitable organisation who support the important work of the Museums.
Cllr Robert Frost, Cabinet Spokesperson for Culture and Regeneration, said: “There's lots happening at Experience Barnsley on Tuesday, 27 June as part of their 10th anniversary celebrations. Come along for a party and enjoy a cuppa and a slice of cake, there will be extraordinary things to see and special memories to share. The museum was made for the people and by the people, and it’s only fitting that they are a central part of the day marking such an important occasion.
The auction will be a real highlight of the day, and the model is an extraordinary object for someone to own. It took hundreds of hours to create, and we’re sure there isn’t anything like this out there, it is a magical piece of art”
For more information about Experience Barnsley’s birthday celebrations visit www.experience-barnsley.com/whats-on/experience-barnsley-is-10