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Cornish Barrow was not sold

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09:00 - 25 September 2003

A BRONZE Age burial mound which sits on a Cornish hilltop went under the hammer at auction this week, attracting hundreds of potential buyers.

But the 4,000-year-old monument, which has belonged to the family of 1970s' rock musician Nic Potter for more than half a century, was withdrawn from the sale after bidding failed to reach the reserve price of £20,000.

Afterwards, Mr Potter - who was the bass player for Van Der Graaf Generator - told of his relief that he still owned the 11.5 metres-wide monument on a hilltop between St Ives and Penzance.

"I have been lying awake at night thinking how much I love the barrow," he said.

"To me it's a place full of life. I go there for peace and inspiration."
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