AUCTIONEERS will be working miracles for charity when they show off a Renaissance crucifix to the public for the first time.

The beautifully carved figure of Christ Crucified from the Renaissance is one of the oldest lots in a fine arts sale due to be staged by Tennants of Leyburn.

Profits from the preview will be donated to St Teresa’s Hospice, which provides care and support for patients and their families in North Yorkshire, Darlington and South West Durham.

The preview of more than 1,200 lots will be staged on Monday, March 20, from 6.30pm.

Admission is £10 including drinks and canapes with the profits going to St Teresa’s Hospice.

Tennants is one of the largest salerooms in Europe and holds fine art sales three times a year featuring the finest quality glass, ceramics, Asian art, works of art, silver, watches, jewellery, clocks, barometers, rugs, furniture, paintings and decorative art and modern design. Auctions attract buyers and sellers from around the world and regularly achieve world record hammer prices.

The monogrammed and dated sculpture of Christ on a cross was made by Giovanni Antonio Gualterio, who was active in Rome from c1582-1620. Gualterio specialised in carving crucifixes, producing works for a distinguished Roman clientele that included Cardinal Ferdinando de Medici. Consigned to sale by a private vendor, it is being offered at an estimate of £4,000-£6,000.

Chief executive of St Teresa’s Hospice Jane Bradshaw said: “We are thrilled to have the support of Tennants, who have carved a thoroughly deserved reputation as one of the most respected auctioneers in the UK and Europe.

“We hope as many people as possible attend the preview to enjoy their hospitality and make the most of the chance to see an incredible collection of fine art, as well as raise much needed funds for the hospice.”

Director Alison Tennant added: “We are delighted to have St Teresa’s Hospice as our chosen charity for the preview evening. The hospice does fantastic work in helping people in their time of greatest need and we hope the event will be well supported to help their fundraising objectives.”

Other notable lots include a collection of Mouseman furniture, Russian oyster plates and a Chinese bowl with an estimated value of £20,000.