Auction

Great Big Rhinos finish on a high

The Great Big Rhino Project has come to an end with a successful charity auction that raised £123,000.

The summer-long project, organised by Paignton Zoo, saw a free public art trail of 40 life-size painted rhinos dotted around Exeter and the English Riviera. Thousands of people spent the summer searching out the dazzling artworks.

Now, 39 of the rhinos have been auctioned to raise money for rhino conservation.

The highlight of the evening came when a bidding war broke out over Hulk-O-Rhino, painted by Jenny Leonard and sponsored by Inter-Line Building Supplies. This eventually sold for £13,500 – ten times the price of some of the other rhinos.

The final figure for the project surplus will be known once costs are taken into account. In 2013, the Great Gorillas Project made a surplus of £30,000.

Paignton Zoo’s Phil Knowling said: “We’d like to thank all our partners, artists and sponsors, everyone who followed the trail so enthusiastically and everyone who attended the auction. There was a great atmosphere and a real buzz. The figure is truly amazing!”

The grand charity auction took place at the Riviera International Conference Centre in Torquay on Thursday 3rd November. The surplus from the project will be used by Paignton Zoo to support Javan and Sumatran rhino conservation via Save the Rhino International.

Sale prices

Symbiosis - £2,200
Maximus - £1,900
Big Sweetie - £3,100
Rhinosaur - £2,500
Sun’s Out, Horn’s Out! - £2,200
Blossom - £3,200
Stella - £3,400
Herby - £2,600
Stardust - £2,800
Charge - £1,200
Tranquillity - £3,600
Rhino An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly - £3,200
AquamaRhino - £3,000
Woodland Safari - £4,200
Rupert - £1,500
Paladin - £2,200
Finding Faru - £3,400
Dino Rhino – 2,400
Castle Siege - £2,300
Lost Time - £2,000
Targeted - £2,800
How Many? - £1,500
Hulk-O-Rhino - £13,500
Badak - £2,200
Down The Road - £1,800
Invincible? - £3,200
The Watering Hole - £1,900
Rhino – Zero - £3,000
Rhinoctopus - £2,100
Sir Richard The Rhinoheart - £2,800
Rhino Why The Cages Bird Sings - £3,000
Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside - £2,800
RhinoBeta3107 - £2,100
Louis - £5,000
Paignton By Numbers - £3,600
All Creatures Great And Small - £4,700
Spike (dreaming of the herd) - £3,400
Cath - £7,500
Glimpses - £3,200

Watch the Auction here.

 

Great Big Rhinos finish on a high

Great Big Rhinos finish on a high

The Great Big Rhino Project has come to an end with a successful charity auction that raised £123,000.

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