£40k for Newcastle sarcophagus

A roman sarcophagus that was originally found in Newcastle has gone under the hammer at an auction in Dorchester. The sarcophagus sold for £40,000.

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Roman sarcophagus found in Newcastle garden

The sarcophagus dates back to the Roman age Credit: ITV News

A roman sarcophagus found in the North East has gone under the hammer in a sale at an auctioneer's in the West Country.

The sarcophagus was found in Newcastle Credit: ITV News

It is unclear how the sarcophagus came to be found in Newcastle, but the auctioneers received a call to inform them about the piece of history after a similar sale at the end of last year.

The ornate piece of Newcastle's history Credit: ITV News

Newcastle sarcophagus goes on sale

A roman sarcophagus found in the back garden of a house in Newcastle has gone on sale at an auction in the West Country.

The sarcophagus came to light after a similar sarcophagus was unearthed in the south of England at the end of last year and sold for thousands of pounds.

The Newcastle sarcophagus has gone on sale at Dukes Auctioneers in Dorchester.