It was revealed to visitors at Crowland Abbey at the weekend that the bed the first Tudor son may have been conceived in has been uncovered.
Jonathon Foyle, chief executive of the World Monuments Fund Britain, called the Tudor state bed the most important piece of furniture in England at a lecture on Saturday.
Ian Coulson, a restorer of four poster beds, purchased the bed for £2,200 but it is now estimated to be worth around £20 million.
He found it on a Chester auctioneer’s website four years ago where it was being sold by Chester’s Redland Hotel. Coulson approached the World’s Monuments Fund when he thought the bed might be of the Tudor era.
It is thought the bed was created for the marriage of Henry VII to Elizabeth of York, on January 18, 1486.
Foyle said: “This bed belonged to Henry VII. It has to be the most important piece of furniture (in England) — and, arguably, royal artefact. Even the Westminster coronation chair has less to say than this.”
Prince Arthur was born just eight months after the wedding and it is believed he was conceived on the wedding night which has led people to ask ‘could this be the bed he was conceived in?’
The Paradise Bed is now on display at Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland in County Durham, until September 30 this year.