An online auction has been launched to save one of Malta’s most iconic skylines – Saint Paul’s Anglican Pro Cathedral’s bell tower, spire and stonework. All funds raised through this unique event will support the restoration works being carried out.
The Save The Valletta Skyline Appeal is close to reaching its €9 million (Euro, approximately £7.8 million GBP) target, and the auction will provide a way to raise the last of the funds needed to finish the restoration. Towering 200 feet tall, the Cathedral is listed on the National Inventory of the Cultural Property of the Maltese islands and is one of three in the Church of England’s Diocese in Europe.
From Saturday 30 September to Sunday 15 October, bidders will be given the opportunity to secure a range of unique experiences and treasures donated by collectors and celebrities who have come together to support the project.
The online catalogue contains a carefully curated collection featuring donations from across the world. Items include a rare apothecary box, private flights, a full-day yacht charter, exclusive stays at top-tier establishments, an evening with renowned tenor Joseph Calleja – and the list goes on.
Lady Stephanie Laing, one of the organisers of the auction said: “this two-week-long online auction will mark the fun, exciting and very fitting final stage of the Save The Valletta Skyline Appeal. Hearty thanks to all those across the world who have so generously donated such extraordinary lots to be auctioned.
“We also thank potential bidders: every bid you place, every lot you win, contributes directly to the Save The Valletta Skyline Appeal, not only adding to your life’s experiences but also helping to safeguard a legacy in Malta that belongs to everyone.”
In 2017 the then Prince of Wales, King Charles, opened Saint Paul’s Anglican Pro Cathedral visitors’ centre. The late Queen, then Princess Elizabeth, worshipped there when she lived in Malta between 1949 and 1951, while the late Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, was Patron of The Friends of Saint Paul’s Pro-Cathedral.
Lots on the international online auction are listed with Belgravia Auctioneers and are open for bids until 15 October.