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14th October 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Worcester’s Big Parade – Auction Event

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Worcester’s Big Parade – Auction Event
14th October 2021

Following an eight-week art trail in Worcester city centre throughout the summer, we invite you to join us for the grand finale as we auction all 30 large elephant sculptures, plus one special Spark-Ele Baby.

Join Philip Serrell, our auctioneer, best known for appearing on TV shows such as Bargain Hunt and Flog It!, as we raise vital funds for St Richard’s Hospice.

Hosted at DRPG in Hartlebury on 14th October, you can join us on the night or watch the live-stream from the comfort of your sofa. Tickets to attend are limited.

The reserve for each elephant sculpture is expected to start from £3,000, so be prepared for some competitive bidding! Previously the giraffe sculptures sold for between £4,000 and £15,000 each.

Full details of how you can bid or to buy tickets to the Auction event, visit our Worcester’s Big Parade Auction Event website

Alternatively, watch the event LIVE from the comfort of your living room, by visiting our Live Auction Link

How your fundraising helps

Worcester’s Big Parade builds on the hugely successful Worcester Stands Tall giraffe trail in 2018, which saw giraffe sculptures displayed across the city before raising £210,000 for St Richard’s at auction. We hope to raise a similar amount for the large elephants at auction to enable us to continue to provide our services.

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Auction FAQs

  • When and where is the Live Auction?
  • Thursday 14 October 2021 at drp Group, Ikon Estate, 212 Droitwich Rd, Hartlebury. DY10 4EU.

  • What time does it start and end?
  • Registration begins at 5:45pm with a drinks reception and food. The auction will start promptly at 7pm and we expect to finish at approximately 10pm.

  • How do I get tickets for the Live Auction?
  • To book tickets, visit our ticket booking platform. Tickets cost £15 and are required to gain entry to the auction event.

    Each elephant sculpture is expected to start from £3,000, so be prepared for some competitive bidding! Previously the giraffe sculptures sold for between £4,000 and £15,000 each. Don’t forget to bring photo ID on the night!

    Useful Information and Documents


    Please note – there are specific requests from DRPG for all those attending the Auction Event in person, regarding COVID-19. See below: 

    The safety of our visitors, partners and team is at the heart of our planning. On arrival at the studios for the Worcester’s Big Parade Auction, DRPG request that you provide one of the following as proof of COVID-19 Status identification to enter their studios:

    • NHS COVID-19 vaccination pass
    • Lateral flow test taken on the 14th October – Showing evidence by photograph of the cassette (on your phone)
    • PCR test 48 hours prior to the event – Showing evidence by official notification

    If you do not have a valid proof then the DRPG onsite assessment centre will be open, where they can offer 15 minute lateral flow tests by their trained team.

  • What can I do if I can’t make it to the Live Auction?
  • Online, telephone and commission bidding will be available. Alternatively the event will be streamed live. Click on the relevant link below.

    Bidding Online

    If you are unable to attend the auction or prefer to bid in private, you can place your bids on the night via the Online Auction. You must register in advance to be able to bid on the night by registering below. Applications for Online Bidding closes at 6:30pm on Thursday 14th October 2021. 

    Register and Bid Online by clicking here

    Absentee Bidding

    We are also able to facilitate written commission bids and telephone bids. If you wish to do this, you will need to register your details and maximum bids in advance of the auction by clicking the link below. Applications for Absentee Bidding closes at 5pm on Wednesday 13th October 2021. 

    Register for Absentee Bidding by clicking here

    Live Stream

    For people keen to watch the action, the auction will also be streamed live on the night from 7pm, via this link.

    Useful Information and Documents

  • What is the guide price?
  • The reserve for each elephant sculpture is expected to start from £3,000, so be prepared for some competitive bidding! Previously the giraffe sculptures sold for between £4,000 and £15,000 each, however, prices realised could be higher and we expect popular sculptures to raise a significant amount the hospice.

  • If a bid is successful, how do I pay for my elephant?
  • Payment is due immediately after the sale. Payment can be made by Visa and MasterCard. Proof of ID will be required. Alternatively we can issue an invoice, for bank transfer and cheque payments. Sculptures will not be released until payment has cleared.

  • Will I pay VAT or commission on top of the hammer price?
  • The auction is a fundraising event for St Richard’s Hospice. There will be no VAT added to the auction value of each elephant. There is also no buyer’s premium.

  • How will I get my elephant home?
  • You will have until 28 October to collect your sculpture. Details for this will be on your buyers invoice. A local courier will be present at the event to make arrangements for delivery.

  • What size are the elephants?
  • Standard Giant Elephants: H1600mm x L2150mm x W800mm – weight 40kg

    There is one mosaic elephant, clad in glass, tiles and mirrors; We are the Music Makers, which weighs 160kg

    There is only one elephant calf for auction; Spark-Ele: H730mm x L1060mm x W410mm – weight 50kg

  • What are the elephants made from?
  • The elephants are made from a mixture of class II fire retardant laminating resin and chopped roving fibreglass over an initial brushed-on layer of gel coat.

  • Are the elephants weatherproof?
  • The elephants have been outside on the trail for 8 weeks. They are happy being inside or outside, but may require annual maintenance to keep the paintwork/finish in good condition if kept outside,

  • Can I buy a concrete plinth for my elephant?
  • You can buy a concrete plinth separately for a minimum donation of £200. The plinths are H220 x L1600 x W1000, weighing approx. 750kg. You will have to arrange collection from a Worcestershire location by prior arrangement. Contact Tricia Cavell  to arrange.

  • Will my elephant be insured?
  • All sculptures are covered by St Richard’s Hospice insurance whilst they are being held at drp Group (auction venue). On collection or after 28th October (whichever is first) you are responsible for any insurance.

  • How much do you expect to make?
  • St Richard’s Hospice hopes the auction will be a huge success. The Worcester Stands Tall giraffe auction in 2018 raised £210,000 for St Richard’s Hospice.

  • Where does the money go?
  • The funds raised by Worcester’s Big Parade will help to fund the care provided by St Richard’s Hospice to patients with serious, progressive illnesses, their loved ones, and bereaved people across Worcestershire. The hospice relies on the support of the community for the majority of its income, with 20 per cent funded by the NHS.

The reserve for each elephant sculpture is expected to start from £3,000, so be prepared for some competitive bidding!

Previously the giraffe sculptures sold for between £4,000 and £15,000 each!


14th October 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Booking Contact

Sara Matthews

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