Peebles art gallery auctions cow statue for £500
Published: 8 Oct 2012 07:300 comments
Mad bidders beefed the price tag upto £500 for a the bovine beauty, which is a white sculpture covered in colourful hand prints.
Breeze Galleries put on the very successful 'Live Art at the Festival' exhibition in Scotland's capital this summer.
The money raised went to Childrens' Hosp - which provides vital hospice support for children and young people with life shortening conditions, and their families.
Bob Corsie, the Director of Breeze, was milking the success when he herd of the sale.
He said: "We are delighted with the amount of money we raised through auctioning off the cow, and it is fantastic that it is going to such a good cause.
"Visitors to the Live Art At The Festival event were hugely taken with the cow, as it is obviously a familiar sight for many given the CowParade's descent on Edinburgh in 2006.
"In a further effort to raise money for CHAS, visitors were encouraged to place their painted paws on the originally pristine white cow for a small fee, which created a fun and completely unique piece of artwork which quickly became a riot of colours.
"During the event we also offered kids the opportunity to place their already paint covered hands on post cards which we then sent to their loved ones, which also benefitted CHAS. These projects raised another £543.84 which we have added to the proceeds from the cow auction.
"This brings the overall total of money raised to a fantastic 1043.84 - which will hopefully make all the difference to the individuals and families supported by CHAS."
Currently supporting over 250 families, CHAS offers care in families own homes through its CHAS at Home service and at two childrens' hospices, Rachel House in Kinross and Robin House in Balloch.
CHAS Fundraiser Kirsten Dugan said: "We're delighted with the support from Breeze and their fabulous idea to involve children in creating a decorated cow statue.
"The money raised through the cow auction is a fantastic donation that will go towards helping run our care services across Scotland which currently cost over £7 million every year."