Almost a hundred life-size fibreglass cows
decorated the streets of Edinburgh for ten weeks from May 2006.
About two thirds of these are now to be sold in auction to raise funds to
raise funds for charities.
Change of Venue
Early announcements and adverts reported
that the CowParade auction was to
be held at the Cruise Liner Terminal, Leith Docks
(close to the Ocean Terminal shopping centre). However, plans have
Prestonfield House Hotel
However, the auction has now received sponsorship
from Prestonfield House Hotel and from Shapes Auctioneers,
It will be held as a Gala Auction,
admission by ticket only, at 7pm on September 7, 2006 at Prestonfield
House Hotel, Edinburgh.
A limited number of tickets for the auction will
be available at £35 each. It will also be possible to bid by post
and by telephone.
This web page gives
further details of the auction including how to apply for tickets.
Bids from £1,500
Around 60 of the cows from the Cow Parade are to
be auctioned. Others will be given back to the communities where
they were designed.
Bids for each cow will start at £1,500.
It is expected that, on average, the cows will sell for £3,000 to £4,000
each. The record price that has been paid for a cow is around
£85,000 for 'Waga Moo Moo', a cow in CowParade Dublin that was
decorated with 14,941 Waterford crystals.
Three quarters of the proceeds from the auction
will go to two charities:
- Vetaid: supporting farming
projects in Africa
- OneCity Trust: supporting
Edinburgh-based social inclusion projects
SOURCE: (for most of the details above):
Edinburgh Evening News, August 3, 2006: p.25.