OWLS OF BATH - THE AUCTION
The 61 Owls of Bath sculptures, raised £139,200 at the charity auction at the Apex Hotel on Wednesday night.
200 owl fans and bidders filled the room and the evening was hosted by the Chair of Creative Bath, Greg Ingham, with expert charity auctioneer Addison Gelpey taking on the marathon task of sending the flock on their way to new nests across the region and beyond, including Hungary! With bids from America, Canada, France and Dubai, bidding was a hoot and the 'parliament' will soon be leaving the nest...
Some that fetched high prices at the auction include Octavius, who raised £7500 and Spokes by Perry Harris and J K Owling..
We were all delighted to meet Horrible Histories illustrator Martin Brown, who decorated Festivowl and drew the winner of the Raff'Owl. The prize to win the large blank owl was won by an owl bidder in the room. Congratulations to all our brilliant artists and sponsors and twit twoo and thanks to all our generous bidders!
OWLS HOOT FAREWELL WEEKEND
The beautifully sunny Owls Hoot Farewell auction preview weekend saw thousands of owl fans of all ages flock to see all 82 owl and owlet sculptures gathered together in one giant parliament on the Bath Recreation Ground.
Visitors met real owls from The Owlery in Newton St Loe and Paul Golledge Bird of Prey Discovery, made owl biscuits with the Aga team, took part in the Hobbycraft design an owl competition, dissected barn owl pellets with the UK Little Owl Project, made owl puppets and mosaic mini-owls with the Roman Baths, tried for a 'H'Owl in One' with Cumberwell Park, tested their footie skills with Bath City FC's 'Beat the G'owlie', pinned the treat on the Owl with Andrews Estate Agents and Metro Bank gave out thousands of goodie bags including doggy bandanas!
The owls have now returned to Nest HQ for some rest before their big night at the charity auction at the Apex Hotel on 17th October, which will also be live online at theauctionroom.com