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100 years ago Stonehenge sold for £6,600

By T.K. Randall
September 21, 2015 · Comment icon 5 comments

Not that long ago the monument was up for auction. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Simon Wakefield
The world famous stone monument in Wiltshire, England was once sold at an auction in Salisbury.
The peculiar series of events took place 100 years ago when the wife of barrister Cecil Chubb sent her husband to an auction at the New Theatre in Salisbury to pick up a set of dining chairs.

While attending the event Chubb happened across the sale of Stonehenge and, rather than spending money on the furniture as his wife had asked, decided that the monument should go to someone from Salisbury and opted to place a bid on it. He ultimately won the auction for £6,600.

Rather than keeping it however he later decided to transfer the stone circle over to public ownership for which he received a knighthood and the local nickname "Viscount Stonehenge".
"It is odd to think that just 100 years ago you could bid for Stonehenge," said curator Heather Sebire. “Who knows what would have happened to it if someone else had bought it ?"

The second highest-bidder at the auction had been a local farmer by the name of Isaac Crook.

"He was going to put sheep on to it," said his grandson Richard. "It's quite a thought that our family might have owned Stonehenge. But who knows what he'd have done with the stones ?"

Source: The Guardian | Comments (5)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by bubblykiss 9 years ago
Fact: Americans love rocks Fact: Americans invented rock n roll Fact: Americans invented circle-pit dancing Conclusion: Americans would have bought Stonehenge and held violent circle-pit dances to chaotic rock n roll which would have been invented decades earlier than it was in our time-line as necessitated by the need to have something interesting to do at a ring of rocks. Seems reasonable to me.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Why not 9 years ago
Comment icon #3 Posted by jarjarbinks 9 years ago
Comment icon #4 Posted by third_eye 9 years ago
I blame jarjarbinks ... its always jarjarbinks's fault ~
Comment icon #5 Posted by highdesert50 9 years ago
And, Manhattan island, was purchased by Minuit for the equivalent of 60 guilders of traded goods from the Native Americans. Although the Native Americans likely had a different notion with regard to the sale, due to their beliefs on the universality and preservation of natural resources, NY City was the result. So, be thankful that Sir Chubb was the insightful preservationist who indeed respected the past and importance of the area.

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