The 58 elephants of the Sheffield herd were auctioned off last night at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield raising over £410,000 for Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity. The fibre glass models have been on display around the city for the past three months to wide public acclaim. An elephant designed by artist Matthew Cooper and signed by members of Arctic Monkeys sold for £16,500 while artist Pete McKee’s elephant ‘Marjorie’ achieved the highest bid and sold for £22,000.The money raised from the auction will help pay for new scanner equipment for the Sheffield Children’s Hospital. Simon Thake reports for Sheffield Live!
The Herd of Sheffield elephants say one final goodbye to the city this weekend before they are auctioned off to the highest bidder to raise funds for charity. All 58 elephants have been on display outside the Meadowhall Shopping Centre for the public to have one final glimpse at their favorites. The Herd of Sheffield initiative was created by The Children’s Hospital Charity and Wild in Art, uniting businesses, communities, artists and schools. It has proved hugely popular with the public with many people taking selfies next to their favourite elephant and following the “Herd Trail”. Also present at Meadowhall were artist Steve McKay who designed two of the elephants, Darren Pearce the Centre Director of Meadowhall and the Director of the Childrens Hospital Charity David Vernon Edwards. Simon Thake reports for Sheffield Live!