Auction

On 14 October 2021, our majestic elephants will take centre stage at an auction to raise money for St Richard’s Hospice.

Kindly sponsored by Barclays, this spectacular event will take place from 5:45pm at DRPG, Hartlebury and will be hosted by Rich ‘Hursty’ Hurst and featuring Bargain Hunt and Flog It! Auctioneer Philip Serrell. 

This is your opportunity to offer one (or the whole herd!) of our elephants a forever home, as a lasting memory to this summer’s wonderful trail. All 30 Giant Elephants and one Elephant Calf; the wonderful ‘Spark-Ele’, will go under the hammer, whilst the remaining Ele-Babies will return to the schools and community groups who decorated them, as a lasting legacy to Worcester’s Big Parade.

Anyone wishing to bid must read the Worcester’s Big Parade Auction Buyers Guide and Terms and Conditions.

 

The Live Auction

If you would like to attend the Worcester’s Big Parade Auction and bid live in the room, you can buy tickets below. Each elephant sculpture is expected to start from £3,000, so be prepared for some competitive bidding! Previously the giraffe sculptures sold for between £4,000 and £15,000 each. Don’t forget to bring photo ID on the night!

Buy Auction Tickets

Bidding Online

If you are unable to attend the auction or prefer to bid in private, you can place your bids on the night via the Online Auction. You must register in advance to be able to bid on the night by registering below. Applications for Online Bidding closes at 6:30pm on Thursday 14th October 2021. 

Register and Bid Online

Absentee Bidding

We are also able to facilitate written commission bids and telephone bids. If you wish to do this, you will need to register your details and maximum bids in advance of the auction by clicking the link below. Applications for Absentee Bidding closes at 5pm on Wednesday 13th October 2021. 

Register for Absentee Bidding

 

Watch the Live Stream

For people keen to watch the action, the auction will also be streamed live on the night from 7pm.

Watch Live Stream

 

Useful Information and Documents

 

Worcester’s Big Parade Auction is kindly sponsored by

 

 


Auction FAQs

When and where is the Live Auction?

Thursday 14 October 2021 at drp Group, Ikon Estate, 212 Droitwich Rd, Hartlebury. DY10 4EU

What time does it start and end?

Registration begins at 5:45pm with a drinks reception and food. The auction will start promptly at 7pm and we expect to finish at approximately 10pm.

How do I get tickets for the Live Auction?

To book tickets, visit our ticket booking platform. Tickets cost £15 and are required to gain entry to the auction event.

Each elephant sculpture is expected to start from £3,000, so be prepared for some competitive bidding! Previously the giraffe sculptures sold for between £4,000 and £15,000 each. Don’t forget to bring photo ID on the night!

Useful Information and Documents

What can I do if I can’t make it to the Live Auction?

Online, telephone and commission bidding will be available. Alternatively the event will be streamed live. Click on the relevant link below.

Bidding Online

If you are unable to attend the auction or prefer to bid in private, you can place your bids on the night via the Online Auction. You must register in advance to be able to bid on the night by registering below. Applications for Online Bidding closes at 6:30pm on Thursday 14th October 2021. 

Register and Bid Online by clicking here

Absentee Bidding

We are also able to facilitate written commission bids and telephone bids. If you wish to do this, you will need to register your details and maximum bids in advance of the auction by clicking the link below. Applications for Absentee Bidding closes at 5pm on Wednesday 13th October 2021. 

Register for Absentee Bidding by clicking here

Watch the Live Stream

For people keen to watch the action, the auction will also be streamed live on the night from 7pm.

Watch the Live Stream via this link

 

Useful Information and Documents

What is the guide price?

The reserve for each elephant sculpture is expected to start from £3,000, so be prepared for some competitive bidding! Previously the giraffe sculptures sold for between £4,000 and £15,000 each, however, prices realised could be higher and we expect popular sculptures to raise a significant amount the hospice.

If a bid is successful, how do I pay for my elephant?

Payment is due immediately after the sale. Payment can be made by Visa and MasterCard. Proof of ID will be required. Alternatively we can issue an invoice, for bank transfer and cheque payments. Sculptures will not be released until payment has cleared.

Will I pay VAT or commission on top of the hammer price?

The auction is a fundraising event for St Richard’s Hospice. There will be no VAT added to the auction value of each elephant. There is also no buyer’s premium.

How will I get my elephant home?

You will have until 28 October to collect your sculpture. Details for this will be on your buyers invoice. A local courier will be present at the event to make arrangements for delivery.

What size are the elephants?

Standard Giant Elephants: H1600mm x L2150mm x W800mm – weight 40kg

There is one mosaic elephant, clad in glass, tiles and mirrors; We are the Music Makers, which weighs 160kg

There is only one elephant calf for auction; Spark-Ele: H730mm x L1060mm x W410mm – weight 50kg

What are the elephants made from?

The elephants are made from a mixture of class II fire retardant laminating resin and chopped roving fibreglass over an initial brushed-on layer of gel coat.

Are the elephants weatherproof?

The elephants have been outside on the trail for 8 weeks. They are happy being inside or outside, but may require annual maintenance to keep the paintwork/finish in good condition if kept outside,

Can I buy a concrete plinth for my elephant?

You can buy a concrete plinth separately for a minimum donation of £200. The plinths are H220 x L1600 x W1000, weighing approx. 750kg. You will have to arrange collection from a Worcestershire location by prior arrangement. Contact Tricia Cavell tcavell@strichards.org.uk to arrange.

Will my elephant be insured?

All sculptures are covered by St Richard’s Hospice insurance whilst they are being held at drp Group (auction venue). On collection or after 28th October (whichever is first) you are responsible for any insurance.

How much do you expect to make?

St Richard’s Hospice hopes the auction will be a huge success. The Worcester Stands Tall giraffe auction in 2018 raised £210,000 for St Richard’s Hospice.

Where does the money go?

The funds raised by Worcester’s Big Parade will help to fund the care provided by St Richard’s Hospice to patients with serious, progressive illnesses, their loved ones, and bereaved people across Worcestershire. The hospice relies on the support of the community for the majority of its income, with 20 per cent funded by the NHS.

Please check out our useful FAQs for information about the parade worcestersbigparade.co.uk/faqs

 


About St Richard’s Hospice

St Richard’s Hospice cares for adults with a serious progressive illness, improving their quality of life from diagnosis, during treatment and to their last days. The hospice team also supports a patient’s loved ones.

Every day, the hospice team has more than 1,200 people under its care – at the hospice, in people’s own homes or in the community.

As an independent charity – with just 20% of its income funded by the NHS – St Richard’s is grateful for the support of, and donations from, the community to enable it to continue its services.

Help St Richard’s Hospice to continue to care, donate today at https://www.strichards.org.uk/donate/wbp

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