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Gromit Unleashed sculptures fetch £1.3 million

'Bristol Res' Blog • 05 October 2018

Earlier this week Aerospace Bristol hosted the grand finale to the Gromit Unleashed 2 trail.  Having lined the streets of Bristol for the last 2 months the 66 sculptures of Wallace, Gromit and Feathers McGraw made their final appearance at the glittering auction in the shadows of Concorde. 

With over 600 guest in attendance the introduction to the evening was given by actress and comedian Dawn French who also introduced celebrity auctioneer Richard Madley.

With all funds going to Bristol Children’s Hospital and the St Michael’s Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit an incredible £1.3 million was raised from the sale of the sculptures.

With donations being made throughout the trail the overall Grand Appeal raised over £1.62 million.

Peter Lord, creator of Wallace and Gromit commented at the end of the evening ” Congratulations to all of the winning bidders! Not only have they gotten their paws on some undeniably one-of-kind works of art, they have also made a huge difference to patients across the South West. Every penny raised at auction and throughout the Gromit Unleashed 2 trail will go toward helping the patients and families cared for Bristol Children’s Hospital and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St Michael’s Hospital. ”

See below which sculptures raised the most  ………….

    ‘WALLAMBARD’ sold for £55,000

   ‘A  GRAND TRIBUTE’ sold for £55,000

    ‘GROMIT’ sold for £42,000

    ‘WALLACE IN WONDERLAND’ sold for £40,000


 

Bristol gains its 5th Michelin stared restaurant.

When the renowned food guide Michelin announced their awards this week it was great news for Bristol as the city was rewarded with its fifth Michelin Starred restaurant.  Holding on to their stars were The Pony & Trap, Casamia, Paco Tapas and Wilks and joining this elite group for the first time was the Cotham restaurant Bulrush.

Owned by Chef George Livesly, Bulrush opened in 2016. The unassuming restaurant quickly became a favorite among locals and its reputation began to spread. It gained press earlier this year when inspectors from the Michelin Guide hinted they had been to restaurant, tweeting a picture of the “wonderfully moreish truffle ice cream, croissant mousse and caramel apple dessert !”

Just lettings, just Bristol