Minerva’s Owls of Bath celebrated a night of “feathery frenzy” as art collectors and owl fans turned out in force to bid on their favourite sculptures at its recent charity auction.
According to organisers, the auction, held at The Apex Hotel in Bath, raised a “phenomenal” £139,200, benefiting four charities in the South West –Royal United Hospital Cancer Centre, Bath Young Carers Centre, Roman Baths Archway Project and UK Little Owl Project.
Bidding on the 61 owls took place in a room of “hundreds” of buyers, as well as online, where ‘owl fans’ from around the world were able to participate. In total, over half of the night’s sales were made by online bidders through TheAuctionRoom.com.
The stand out sales were Octavius designed by Joanna Dewfall which went for £7,500 followed by “fan favourite” JK Owling by Jo McCarron which sold for £5,500 and Festiv’owl, created by Horrible Histories illustrator Martin Brown, which was won for a successful bid of £4,000.
Bubo, by artist Jane Skuse, which was displayed at the Roman Baths this summer, will be making the 1200 mile trip to Budapest after first enchanting its buyer when they visited the Minerva’s Owls of Bath trail this summer. Another of the flock will be also be flying abroad to Languedoc in France.
The event was hosted by auctioneer Addison Gelpey, of Channel 5’s Storage, Flog the Lot. He was assisted by Olympic Gold medalist Amy Williams MBE who painted her very own owlet for the occasion which was first unveiled to the public at the ‘Owls of Bath Hoot Farewell Weekend’ in September.
The auction also included live music by 15-year-old Bath busker and finalist of ITV The Voice Kids, Harry Romer.
Megan Witty, event organiser said: “The auction has proved to be a fitting finale for the Minerva’s Owls of Bath. We’re so happy that after bringing so much fun and colour to the city over the summer, the beautifully decorated owls have also raised much-needed funds for our four partner charities. The money will directly benefit the lives of thousands of people in Bath and the surrounding area and will leave a legacy for many years to come.”
For further information please visit the website www.minervasowls.org or follow @owlsofbath on social media.
Pictured above: Owls at the auction which took place on 17 October 2018