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Wren treasures to go up for auction.

TREASURES from the Warwickshire home of architect Sir Christopher Wren will go under the hammer at a leading auction house.

A collection of family silver - including a chalice bearing the Wren family crest - has been put up for auction and will be on sale at Bonham's of London.

It has been sent to auction from Wroxall Abbey, the country estate near Warwick, which Sir Christopher bought in 1713, shortly after he finished building St Paul's Cathedral in London.

The George I silver chalice featuring the great architect's crest is expected to fetch between pounds 2,000 and pounds 3,000 when it goes under the hammer on July 4.

A William and Mary engraved silver wine cup has been valued between pounds 4,000 and pounds 6,000 and a George I engraved silver flagon pounds 3,000 to pounds 4,000 Wroxall Abbey was founded in 1141 by Sir Hugh de Hatton and was a priory until its closure during the dissolution of the monasteries in 1536.

It is believed that Isabella Shakespeare, the aunt of the playwright and poet, was prioress there for a time. Wren bought the Wroxall estate as the main family seat, and for years they enjoyed a quiet country life there.

He remodelled the historic St Paul's in which many of his family, including his wife, are buried.
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