Bath Owl sculptures to be auctioned for local charities

Fans of Minerva’s Owls of Bath – the public art sculpture trail that recently took place throughout Bath – are being given the chance to own one of the sculptures when they are auctioned off for charity on Wednesday 17 October 2018 (tomorrow).

According to organisers – The Owls of Bath sculpture trail “delighted tens of thousands of Bath residents” and visitors for three months over the summer.

Now 62 of the original works are to be auctioned at The Apex Hotel in Bath to raise money for four local charities – the Royal United Hospital Cancer Centre, Bath Young Carers Centre, Roman Baths Archway Project and UK Little Owl Project.

Tickets for the charity auction are still available at www.minervasowls.org/auction. The event will start with a reception at 6.15pm for a final viewing of all the lots before the main auction at 7.45pm.

Alternatively, owl fans and collectors from around the world can bid by phone-in or bid online via www.theauctionroom.com, where the auction will be streamed live.

Owl bidding is expected to start in the region of £2,000, with some expected to raise “considerably more.” Work by Artists including Inkie, Richard Twose, Brian Grimwood, and Horrible Histories illustrator Martin Brown is featured amongst the lots available and are tipped to be “of particular interest” to collectors both nationwide and globally.

The evening will be hosted by Greg Ingham, CEO of Media Clash and chair of Creative Bath, whilst Addison Gelpey, star of Channel 5’s primetime series ‘Storage, Flog the Lot’, will be auctioning the owls.

Olympic Gold medallist Amy Williams MBE will assist Addison as he auctions some of the lots, including the owlet Amy has designed and decorated especially for the event.

There will also be a live musical performance during the evening by 14-year-old Bath busker and finalist of ITV The Voice Kids, Harry Romer.

Megan Witty, organiser of the Minerva’s owls Charity Auction, said: “Our owls have gone on an amazing journey over the past six months from blank sculptures to the beautifully decorated owls which have been entertaining visitors to bath this summer. It will be sad to say goodbye to our feathered friends, but we’re thrilled that they’re set to raise some much-needed funds for our local charities.”

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