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Elephant auction raises €305,500 for charity
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Elephant auction raises €305,500 for charity

19.10.2013 From our online archive
Some 24 elephant sculptures were auctioned off on Friday evening, raising 305,500 euros for charity, as part of the Elephant Parade initiative.

(CS) Some 24 elephant sculptures were auctioned off on Friday evening, raising 305,500 euros for charity, as part of the Elephant Parade initiative.

For three months, elephant sculptures were scattered across Luxembourg City and Trier, just across the border in Germany.

The sculptures were created by artists, with some sponsored by local organisations, with the aim to raise money for the Asian Elephant Foundation, dedicated to protecting the threatened Asian elephant.

The biggest bid was made on an elephant called “Fragile Family”, a sculpture covered in a colourful mosaic by artist Sé van Weert, which raised 30,000 euros alone.

Around 250 people took part in the auction. The 130-euro ticket price included a dinner by star chef Wolfgang Becker.

On October 26 a further 24 elephants will be auctioned off in Trier at the Bobinet Quartier. The rest of the elephants was acquired by their sponsors.

Find out more about the auction here.