Scunthorpe treasure hunt "Viking brooch" fails to sell

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, has failed to sell at auction.

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 discovered by a woman in a wall in Kingsway Gardens, Scunthorpe.

The item was expected to fetch upwards of £1,200.

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The seller, from Grimsby, previously said she had put the item up for auction to help 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

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

All five artworks in the treasure hunt, which began in February, have now 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.

The last of the items, a replica ammonite shell, was found last week at the base of a fence post in Scunthorpe's High Street East.

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

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