Scunthorpe treasure hunt replica Viking brooch to be auctioned

Viking brooch Image copyright Golding Young & Mawer
Image caption The brooch was found by chance in a wall in Scunthorpe

A gold replica of a Viking brooch, which was found by chance as part of a treasure hunt, is to be auctioned.

Five objects were hidden by artist Luke Jerram for his installation Treasure City, with clues hidden in paintings at the 20-21 Arts Centre.

The brooch, the first of the objects to be found, was found by a woman in a wall in Kingsway Gardens, Scunthorpe.

The item, expected to sell for upwards of £1,200, will go under the hammer on 15 March, in Lincoln.

John Leatt, from auctioneers Golding Young & Mawer, said: "It was a stroke of luck that the vendor found the piece on a hunch rather than by solving the puzzle in the picture.

"The seller, who has asked not to be named, found the gold piece in a dry stone wall near a flag in the gardens. Moments later, a scoutmaster, who had cracked the code in the painting, arrived at the park to find the treasure had already been claimed," he said.

Each of the objects is modelled on artefacts in the North Lincolnshire Museum, and is worth more than £1,000.

The seller, from Grimsby, said she was selling the brooch to pay for a holiday.

Image copyright 20-21 Arts Centre
Image caption The tokens are based on artefacts from North Lincolnshire Museum, which were 3D-printed and made into wax replicas before being cast in gold

Since the treasure hunt began in February, four artworks have been found.

The second object, a gold lamb, was found in a bandstand in Brigg, and the third piece, a model of a Tudor fisherwoman, was found at Normanby Hall.

A golden train was found in a hedge in Scunthorpe's Central Park.

One item is yet to be found - and it is believed the final clue could take months or even years to crack.

The clues were created by mathematician and code-setter Dan Fretwell.

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