December 10 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
He sold for £3,100 at the GoGoGorillas! auction in Norwich and now bids are once more being taken for Gareth the arty ape.
The gorilla, decorated in leaves and canaries, has appeared on eBay less than two weeks after going under the hammer at the GoGoGorillas! auction to raise funds for children’s charity Break and the Born Free Foundation.
Packman187 is named as the seller on the eBay page which is starting bids at £3,200 and also offering a “buy it now” price of £5,700.
People have until Monday, October 21 to bid and last night no bids had been made.
The eBay page describes the chance to buy Gareth as a “unique second chance to own one of the GoGoGorillas! that paraded around Norwich city.”
It adds: “Gareth was bought to resell to make further proceeds for an alternative charity. I am running the London Marathon next year (2014) and I wish to raise as much awareness (and as much money!) as I can for my chosen charity MS-UK.”
Gareth, designed by artist Gillian Jeffery and sponsored by Zing Insights, was one of the colourful troop of apes created for the GoGoGorillas! trail that decorated Norwich for 11 weeks during the summer before being sold at a charity auction run by auctioneers TW Gaze.
The whole GoGoGorillas! project was organised by Break and the Born Free Foundation and the auction – which took place on Thursday, October 3 at the Forum in Norwich –raised £272,300 for Break and the Born Free Foundation.
At the event, which was hosted by Break patron Jake Humphrey, the Freddie ‘Radio GoGo’ Gorilla sold for the highest price – £20,000.
The Norwich City-inspired gorilla Mr Carrow sold for £17,000 while Horatio sold for £10,000.
Some of other top-selling gorillas on the GoGoGorillas! auction night included Nelson, Walstan, Besty, Poppyland Hero, Ray, Juno, Gordon, Walk on the Wild Side, Batgrill and Catch Me While You Can.
About the news that Gareth is going up for auction once more, Michael Rooney, fundraising manager for Break, said: “Break supports initiatives that continue to bring charitable funds into the voluntary sector.”