Robin sculptures sold at auction for a phenomenal £133,300 in the grand finale to the Hoodwinked public art event.
Auctioneer Charles Hanson performed to a packed audience with an estimated 150 people in St Mary’s Church plus another 200 registered to bid online.
Hoodwinked sculptures each sold from between £3,000 to £5,800, with proceeds going to Nottinghamshire Hospice, charity partner for Hoodwinked.
Rowena Naylor-Morrell, Chief Executive at Nottinghamshire Hospice, said:
“What a fantastic night it was. The amount raised will make a huge difference to the patients and work of the hospice. It has been an incredible partnership with the council and Wild in Art and we are particularly delighted that two of the robins were bought by the Sherwood community via a crowdfunding project supported by the whole community.
“We have been at the heart of the community for almost 40 years, providing free palliative care to families across the city and county and with the continuing support of our amazing donors and volunteers we look forward to delivering our service for another 40 years.”
Robins wing their way to new owners
Among the successful bidders was footballer Wes Morgan, formerly Nottingham Forest defender and now captain of Leicester City. He bought What’s Notts, the Robin sponsored by Radio Nottingham, which has his name on it along with other Notts celebrities. He also bought The Major Oak as this was his nick-name when he played for Forest.
Hands of Hope, the Robin which patients helped design and paint, is coming home to the hospice thanks to the generosity of Derek and Denise Johnston – close neighbours of the hospice for the past 18 months – who successfully bid for the sculpture.
Crowdfunding for the community
A group from Sherwood, who clubbed together to buy a Robin and raised more than £7,000 in a week, ended up buying not one, but two Robins for their community.
The Robin that brought in the most was Royal Robin Redbreast, the mosaic sculpture sponsored by Castle Rock, which sold for £5,800.
Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Localities, added:
“It’s been wonderful for Nottingham City Council to partner with a local charity to deliver the Hoodwinked Wild in Art trail, providing a free, fun activity for so many local people this summer. I’d like to thank everyone who made Thursday’s auction such a great success, raising valuable funds for the hospice who provide much needed support to local people who are going through difficult times.”