Were's Wallace? giant Gromit the dog Sculptures sold for €2.7M
AN auction of giant Gromit sculptures has raised more than £2.3m (€2.7m) for charity.
Art fans from across the world were locked in a fierce bidding frenzy at the sale, hosted by Bargain Hunt's Tim Wonnacott.
Five hundred bidders crammed into a specially-erected pavilion in Bristol, UK, with 1,889 taking part in the auction online.
The focus of the sale was 81 5ft tall dogs decorated by artists, celebrities and designers including Sir Quentin Blake, Jools Holland and Cath Kidston.
Pixar's Gromit Lightyear was the star lot, reaching a staggering £65,000 (€77,000). Watch Out, Gromit! by English cartoonist Gerald Scarfe and Aardman Animation's Nick Park's Newshound received joint second highest bids, fetching £50,000 (€59,000) each.
Funds raised will support Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal, which is raising £3.5m (€4.1m) for Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.
Mr Park said the amount of money reached had wildly surpassed his expectations.
"It is obviously for the children's hospital (and) everyone has been so generous... He's done well, that lad. I'm very proud to lend my dog."