An auction of 50 life-size corgis which had been on display in Altrincham as part of the town’s Jubilee celebrations raised an incredible £32,500 to support community art projects in the town.
The Trooping the Corgis exhibition, organized by Altrincham BID in partnership with Inch Arts, saw artists, community groups and schools decorate the dogs in a remarkable range of styles.
And on Thursday, the corgis fell under the hammer at a special auction hosted by Happy Radio’s Darren Proctor and held in the Bowdon Rooms.
A total of £32,500 was raised to support community art projects in Altrincham and the artists involved in the project.
And seven of the corgis left for a four-figure sum: Eros by Karen Jones, John Corgi Clarke by Dr John Cooper Clarke with Jo Cushing, Jazzobel by Brigitte Watkinson, Corazana by Ruth Fildes, C51 by Trevor Johnson, Cyril by Samie Cain, and Stephen Lynn’s Anna Kay.
Each of the 50 corgis went for an average price of £650.
Jo Cushing, from community arts group Inch Arts, said: “We are so thrilled that the project has been a phenomenal success and that the Corgis have captured the hearts of so many.
“We would like to thank all the artists involved who did a brilliant job. We look forward to working with the community and creating a legacy through public art projects following this event.
Mandy White, BID Manager of Altrincham, added: “It has been great to work with Inch Arts and the Altrincham business community on this project and we are delighted with the outcome.
“The project as a whole is a fine example of what can be achieved by working in partnership, both in terms of providing a positive profile for the town, encouraging attendance and supporting an organization that is a valuable asset. within our community.
“The coverage achieved has been local, regional, national and the Corgis have even been mentioned on global websites! We would especially like to thank Dandara Living, the main sponsor for their support.
Proceeds from the auction were split between the artists who worked on the project and Inch Arts.