If you're selling a castle are the fixtures and fittings part of the deal?
Philippa Gregory outside Auckland Castle
Or, are you the type who leaves all the plants in the garden for the next resident to enjoy?
The case of the Zurbaran paintings at Auckland Castle almost boils down to that.
Rose Castle near Dalston will no longer be the home of the Bishop of Carlisle. A more humble abode awaits, but the future of the castle is still undecided and it may yet be sold off.
There is no current Bishop of Durham, so Auckland Castle has no sitting tenant. The building is safe from a sell off, but not its contents.
Jacob - one of the Zurbaran paintings
The Church Commissioners are considering sending them to auction where they would raise millions of pounds.
Those who oppose the move say it's tantamount to selling off the family silver.
One tactic, whilst never countenancing the sale of the castle in the first place, is to claim flogging the paintings would jeopardise any future sell-off.
It's argued the 17th century paintings are intrinsic to the castle's very fabric.
Rose castle near Carlisle
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