Our barons raised a fantastic £167,000 for charity at auction last night at a VIP event at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, in the city’s quirkiest ever auction.
Brisk and highly-competitive bidding for the 25 colourful Baron sculptures, which have captivated residents and tourists over the Summer months, raised more than many expected for the national foodback charity, TheTrussell Trust.
Lincoln BIG produced the Trail in collaboration with Wild in Art and The Trussell Trust.
About 250 people bought tickets for the unusual sale, which was compered by Lincs FM presenter RossGarrigan on Thursday 1st October. After a welcome drink and canapes, professional auctioneer Ian Walter of J H Walter got down to the real business of the night - rallying guests to dig deep to secure their favouriteBaron.
The fact that bidders at the event were up against people who had sent proxy bids to J H Walter (because they were unable to attend the event in person) only added to the rising tension.
Everyone had their favourite Barons – but those which raised the most money were Bomber Baron (sponsored by Pipers Crisps), which went for £11,000, and Red Arrows Baron (sponsored by Virgin Trains East Coast) which sold for £10,200.
If you enjoyed the Barons' Trail, please recognise this by donating to The Trussell Trust by text. Simply text "TBCL15" followed by the amount to be donated in pounds sterling to 70070. For example, to donate £5 text "TBCL15 £5", to donate £10 text "TBCL15 £10".
People looking for a souvenir of the Lincoln Baron’s Trail can still buy a mini Paint Your Own Baron from the Lincoln Visitor Information Centre in Castle Hill. They cost £9.95 each.
You can re-watch the auction in its entirety, which was streamed live online, above or on YouTube.