The Isle of Wight monolith has been sold - here's how much for

A mysterious monolith which appeared on the Isle of Wight earlier this month has been sold in an online auction.
Monolith on the Isle of Wight. Picture: Alexia Fishwick/PA WireMonolith on the Isle of Wight. Picture: Alexia Fishwick/PA Wire
Monolith on the Isle of Wight. Picture: Alexia Fishwick/PA Wire

The mirrored pillar was discovered on Compton Beach at the start of December.

It followed the similar sudden appearances of monoliths around the globe.

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The sculpture on the Isle of Wight turned out to have been created by designer Tom Dunford, from Fishbourne.

The monolith was later found in a state of disrepair and put up for sale by a user on eBay, fetching £810.

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The listing on the online auction site, which attracted 53 bids, stated that the seller found the monolith in a ‘sorry state’ and offered to purchase it from National Trust staff at the site and gave them a cash donation.

The listing states: ‘The monolith is in a very sorry state there are cracks and chips to the glass and the timber plinth that the item sat on is missing but could easily be rebuilt.’

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It continues: ‘Please remember this is a charity auction if you have bid and are not serious please remove your bid don’t be the one that spoils it.

‘I’m working with Tom Dunford to turn this into something positive and raise money for five charities that me and Tom will choose.’

The National Trust has said it intended to return the donation and a spokesman said: ‘Our intention was to keep the beach and car park clear of debris. We do not claim ownership of the monolith and do not want a donation to confuse that.’

The Isle of Wight monolith was one of several that have appeared around the world in recent weeks following the first, which was found in Utah in the United States.

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Others have been found in the UK including Throwleigh, Devon, and Glastonbury, Somerset.

The eBay seller has been approached for comment by the PA news agency.

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