The Gromit Unleashed Auction
After 10 weeks on a public art trail in Bristol, our Gromit Unleashed sculptures designed by famous artists, designers and celebrities, and prominent local artists, went to auction on Thursday 3rd October 2013.
Hosted by Sotheby's auctioneer and TV antiques presenter Tim Wonnacott, the auction began with a bang when our very first Gromit, Patch, sold for an incredible £36,000! Other highlights included Wallace & Gromit creator Nick Park's sculpture selling for a fantastic £50,000, and Gromit Lightyear by Disney Pixar going under the hammer for an astonishing £65,000!
Our auction was an absolutely fantastic evening and we are delighted to have raised over £2.3 million for Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal to support sick children and their families at Bristol Children's Hospital.
If you're curious to see how much each of the Gromits sold for, take a look at the full list.
The Economic Impact of Gromit Unleashed
An amazing 1.18 million people visited our Gromit Unleashed trail and exhibition this summer, directly contributing more than £77 million to the Bristol economy, including money spent on accommodation, travel, gifts and refreshments. Incredibly, the wider knock-on effect of this public spending has given Bristol's economy a fantastic £123 million boost!
Just over half of our visitors were from Bristol (56%), with 42% coming from around the UK and the remaining 2% from overseas, in particular North America, Europe and Australia. The project also 'unleashed' a huge vote of confidence in Bristol with 91% of visitors saying they would recommend a visit to the city to friends and family as a direct result and 91% saying the trail meant they had visited parts of the city they had not seen before.
We're delighted that Gromit Unleashed as had such a positive impact on Bristol - download the full Gromit Unleashed Evaluation report here.
The Greatest Dog Show on Earth
From 18th to 23rd September 2013, all our Gromit sculptures took up residence at Beacon House, the former Habitat store in Clifton, Bristol for a grand exhibition titled 'The Greatest Dog Show on Earth'. Over 25,000 people came to visit the Gromits, which included a surprise 81st Gromit in the exhibition gift shop! The exhibition was so popular - with Gromit lovers arriving from the early hours of the morning - we extended our exhibition for an extra day to give fans more time to visit.
Our sculptures were displayed in their own breeds, including Working Dogs, Toy Dogs, Bristol Dogs, Space Dogs, Rare Breeds and Best in Show and we were also lucky enough to receive donated artwork from artists Luke Jerram and Julian Opie to display at the show and go to auction on October 3rd in aid of Bristol Children's Hospital.
All proceeds from Gromit Unleashed benefit Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity.
The charity supports Bristol Children’s Hospital, one of only a few specialist children’s hospitals in the UK providing life-saving surgery, care and treatment to children on a local, national and international scale. The hospital is now expanding to create one of the most influential children’s hospitals in Europe.
Specialist paediatric healthcare and pioneering treatment require constant investment. By supporting Gromit Unleashed, you will be helping to save the lives of sick children. Treatment unimaginable a decade ago is now within reach, and with your support we can make this happen.
To find out more about our charity visit www.grandappeal.org.uk