Bristol Gromit statues auction raises $3.6m for children's hospital

81 statues of Gromit have been sold at a charity auction in Bristol, UK, as part of Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal for the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.

Gromit Charity Auction Bristol
Creator Nick Park with some of the Gromit statues, pre-decoration

The statues, which have been on display around the city over the summer, are unique, with some featuring decoration by top artists. In total, £2.3m ($3.6m) was raised towards a £3.5m expansion for the hospital.

One statue, named Gromit Lightyear and designed by animation studio Pixar, sold for an impressive £65,000 ($104,040).

Creator Nick Park commented, "I couldn't wait to see the Pixar Gromit Lightyear go because obviously that was a top runner. It just kept going up. When the first few started climbing I started tingling. It was double the target."

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