Euros.  One hundred items have already been collected for the Collegiate Church of Notre-Dame de Vernon

Euros. One hundred items have already been collected for the Collegiate Church of Notre-Dame de Vernon

The Collegiate Church of Notre-Dame began its transformation in 2019. ©ML

We will have to be patient until it regains its former glory. Built almost a thousand years ago Collegiate Church of Notre Dame of Vernon (Euros) is currently the subject of much research restoration.

The first phase, started in 2019, was completed in 2022 and included the rehabilitation of the apse, the ambulatory terraces, the cross towers as well as the north and south arms of the transept. The operation, the amount of which was 2.4 million euros.

The first “timid” hotlines

Now it’s time for the second phase of the project, which includes the western facade and western portal of the religious building, classified as a historical monument since 1862. Estimated at 4 million euros (of which 1.7 million euros will be financed by the municipality), it will start in 2023 and had would last thirty months. To lighten the bill, the Vernon Heritage Foundation decided to host the event auctionwhich will take place on Saturday, October 8, 2022 from 2 p.m.

The first hotlines were launched in June. “The first month they were quite shy, it really started in July,” says Marie-Pierre Kopf, manager of the sponsorship project. Around a hundred different objects have already been collected, including linens, paintings (including creations from the Atelier du mardi representing the Collegiate Church), lamps, chandeliers and even wine. “We also received a great marine telescope and a crystal champagne service with all the accessories,” explains Marie-Pierre Kopf. We hope to exceed the bar of 200 objects, knowing that their estimated value must be higher than 30 euros. The more of us, the better the sales. “And to clarify:” The elected representative of the city also donated a chair to Voltaire. There is not much interest in it, but we have a graffiti artist (Jérémy Chouette) who is coming to edit it (Tuesday, September 27, editor’s note) auction.

Most of the donors so far are Vernon residents. The Vernon Heritage Foundation hopes to attract more people from surrounding communities.

“No Limit Donations”

“There is no limit on donations. If someone has a high value item, we might decide to return part of the recipe with it. If the sellers then want to give us an original work by Claude Monet, it’s no problem for us,” warns Marie-Pierre Kopf. The sale will be open to everyone and those interested will be able to discover the goods for sale that will be displayed in the morning. Those who wish to contribute to the event can make their donations until the end of September during the office hours organized on Tuesdays (from 10 am to 12 pm) and Thursdays (from 4 pm to 6 pm) at the Hôtel des Ventes. .

If you are in doubt about the value of an item, please do not hesitate to send a photo to the following email address: [email protected] The auctioneer will then appraise your property for free.

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