The last burial plot in a cemetery is expected to sell for around £1,000 when it goes under the hammer later this month.
The plot, in Sutton Coldfield Cemetery in Birmingham, was originally bought by a mother for her son.
Auction House Coventry and Warwickshire is now selling the plot on behalf of the local man, who has asked to remain anonymous.
The cemetery, which is managed by Birmingham City Council, has no land for new graves so this is believed to be the last plot that will be available for purchase.
The plot, which is 9ft long, 4ft wide and 5ft deep, has a guide price of £1,000 and will be sold subject to a transfer fee to the city council of £144.
Deborah Palmer, new business development manager for Auction House Coventry and Warwickshire, said: “The man was clearing his mother’s estate when he discovered she had purchased a plot for him. He was quite shocked. The man has decided he doesn’t want to be buried so he asked us to sell it for him.”
She added: “We’re not aware of anything like this being auctioned before. We’ve had signal boxes and public toilets go under the hammer but this is a first for us.”