Plans to demolish the Lloyd's 1958 building will bring a tear to some people's eyes.

But enthusiasts of the 300-year-old market will be able to take a piece of history home. Certain items of historical importance or value are now being removed and will be auctioned off by Christies.

The fireplaces and doors which stood in the ex-chairman's suite on the second floor will be going under the hammer on November 29. It is believed one of the hearths was designed by Robert Adam for Bowood House in Wiltshire and the others were constructed in the Adam style.

Those with a smaller purse can also pick up a chunk of Lloyd's history. Fragments of marble from the building will be converted into paperweights and desk tidies. They will be sold early next year in the Lloyd's shop.