HARES RACE TO AUCTION!
AFTER seven months on the road, the magnificent Cotswold hares will reach their final auction destination.
From March to September, the 85 five-foot hare sculptures, lovingly decorated by artists from across the country, have delighted tourists and locals alike. On October 6 people will be able to buy their very own slice of history as the historically-themed hares arrive in Cheltenham for their big day, accompanied by a smaller number of leverets.
The auction at Cheltenham Racecourse has already attracted overseas interest from Japan, Canada, USA and Australia. In order to facilitate bids from buyers who are unable to attend a live auction an online auction has been set up on the website. This bidding will continue until October 6 when bids will go forward to the live event. TV presenter Paul Martin who will host the auction says, “We have some absolutely fabulous designs, including several from top-selling artists, so I’ll be aiming high.” There is likely to be big interest in the mosaic hares. “These were our top sellers last time,” says festival director Florence Beetlestone, “so fingers crossed they do equally well this year.” Net profits from the auction will be split between local charity National Star and several Cotswold museums in keeping with the historical theme. “We have a super charity in National Star whom we are delighted to support; their educational work is inspirational. We also know that, with museums struggling to survive in an era of cultural funding cutbacks, that even a small donation of a few £100 can make a huge difference.”