Snoopy sculptures sell for over £150,000 at auction after two-month expiration

Colorful Snoopy sculptures seen in parts of South Meczyki in recent weeks have sold for thousands of pounds at auction. The Dogs Trail, organized by the Dogs Trust, saw 115 large and small sculptures of comic favorites spread across the streets, shopping centers and parks of Cardiff, Caerphilly and Porthcaval between April and June, bringing smiles to thousands of faces. Those who pass them every day.

The trail ended earlier this month, with all 40 large painted sculptures being displayed together for the first time outside Cardiff City Hall as part of the ‘Farewell Weekend’ event. Receive the latest news from Cardiff sent straight to your inbox by signing up to our newsletters.

The two-month project initially faced some ups and downs, with a handful of idols being damaged by vandals. Those in Cardiff also had to be relocated from their original places and ‘restored’ after five statues were torn down within the first week.

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Trail’s 75 mini sculptures have been returned to schools and community groups, who have decorated them as an enduring legacy of the project, while two larger sculptures have found their forever homes elsewhere. ‘Rescue Me Snoopy’ will remain at the Dogs Trust Rehoming Center in Cardiff, while ‘Self Care with Snoopy’, which was decorated by the public and displayed at Roth Park, is lined up for one lucky winner.

However, the remaining 38 statues were auctioned to raise funds for the dogs trust. An in-person event was held at the Coal Exchange in Cardiff on Tuesday, June 21, hosted by renowned auctioneer Charles Hanson, while an online auction ran until the next day, with online bidders participating from afar. used to come.

More than 100 figurines of peanuts line the trail in Cardiff, Caerphilly and Porthcavale
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All Snoopys found new homes in Meczyki and around the world, with bidders from Bangkok, Texas and Washington taking home some of the colorful sculptures. In total, £156,000 was raised through the auction, with money helping to care for homeless dogs at rehabilitation centers in Bridgend and Cardiff.

The highest bid for the event was £7,000 for ‘Gwlad Gwlad’, which includes the Principality Stadium and several Welsh landmarks including Castel Coach. Then came the Barbour-inspired ‘Barkbore’, which fetched £6,300 and the ‘Tally’, which was damaged by rogues along the way, which went under the hammer for £6,100.

Antiques Expert Charles Hanson Hosts The Auction
Antiques expert Charles Hanson hosts the auction
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“It was an incredible night at auction and we are thrilled that our Snoopy Pack raised £156,000 for the dogs in our care,” said. Anna Davis, Corporate Development Manager at Dogs Trust. “Each year the Dogs Trust cares for about 14,000 dogs and our rehabilitation centers in Bridgend and Cardiff play a big part in this.

“Thanks to the people who bid and put a Snoopy sculpture a forever home at auction. It is with your support that we can continue to find forever homes for more rescue dogs.”

'Pow-Wow!'  Snoopy £3,900 .  Went Under The Hammer For
‘Pow-wow!’ Snoopy £3,900 . went under the hammer for
(Image: Paul is afraid of photography)

Before the auction began, there was further cause for celebration as the Cardiff Rehoming Center officially opened. The center has rehabilitated 500 dogs since last July and can care for up to 1,000 each year. But the official opening was delayed due to COVID restrictions.

Dogs Trust CEO Owen Sharp said: “Dogs Trust Cardiff has been helping dogs in South Meczyki since last July, complementing the wonderful work done by our rehoming center in Bridgend. Bringing a rehabilitation center to Cardiff was the dream of our late Chief Executive and Patriot Welshman Adrian Burder, and we are proud to continue turning his dream into reality.

“It has been really great to officially open the center thanks to all of our dedicated staff who continue to go above and beyond for the dogs in their care.”

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