Hundreds of elephant enthusiasts gathered at the Crucible on 20th October for the Herd of Sheffield Auction, which raised a total of £410,600 for The Children’s Hospital Charity.
The Crucible stage was the final outing for 58 uniquely designed elephant sculptures which have spent the summer months residing in Sheffield’s parks and open spaces to create an interactive public art trail. The trail organised by Wild in Art and The Children’s Hospital Charity has captured the imagination of thousands of visitors who’ve been out exploring the trail and rediscovering all that Sheffield has to offer.
The highest bid of the night came from Broadfield Holdings who bought Pete McKee’s elephant for £22,000 pounds. Other highlights included AM by the Arctic Monkeys which was sold for £16,500 and the Henderson’s Relish elephant Hendophant by Matt Cockayne which raised £11,300 for The Children’s Hospital Charity.
James Hill and James O’Hara, Directors of The Great Gatsby and Picture House Social are now proud owners of Tom J Newell’s The Beat Goes On. Speaking of their new purchase they said: “We know Tom, he’s a friend and we admire his artwork. We love Sheffield and everything we do is to drive the city forward, it’s great to put a little bit back as well from a local business. Our elephant isn’t going to be sat in someone’s house for no-one to see we want everyone to see it for years to come. Watch out for it popping up near the Great Gatsby on Division Street soon.”
Elizabeth Dashper, Director of Sheffield Auction Gallery said; “It’s been an absolute privilege to help use our auction online bidding expertise to assist in raising such a fantastic amount for Sheffield Children’s Hospital through the generosity of bidders, local and national.”
Director of The Children’s Hospital Charity, David Vernon-Edwards, said, “Tonight has been an absolutely spectacular finale to the Herd of Sheffield. We really can’t thank everyone enough for their generous bids; we have been overwhelmed by the amount raised and are absolutely delighted the trail will leave a lasting legacy for Sheffield Children’s Hospital.”
The auction conducted by BBC Bargain Hunt’s Charles Hanson and Associate Director and Head of Northern Auctions for Countrywide PLC, Lucy Crapper raised funds for a new Multipurpose Fluoroscopy System for Sheffield Children’s Hospital. This highly specialised life-saving piece of kit obtains real time moving X-ray images and can be used to identify and stop internal bleeds in vascular trauma injury.
Chief Executive of Sheffield Theatres Dan Bates said, “It has been incredible having the Elephant Herd in Sheffield these last few months. Seeing so many people across the city and in our building following the trail has been absolutely wonderful. I’m absolutely thrilled that we could support The Children’s Hospital Charity by hosting the auction this evening.”