The auction for Buckingham’s otters has kicked off after bidding began for the first sculpture on Friday, according to The Buckingham Advertiser.
The auction follows the Buckingham Otter Trail, a temporary art installation of ten 3ft tall sized otter sculptures that were placed across the town during the summer.
Organised by Buckingham Town Council, the sculptures were sponsored by local businesses and organisations and were decorated by professional artists, school children and community groups.
With the end of the summer and the removal of the trail, the otters are now being auctioned off one-by-one via social media and the Town Council website in a bid to raise money for the Mayor’s charities, as well as to fund a similar initiative next year.
First to go under the hammer is the otter named ‘Jimmy Fisher,’ which was decorated by artist Kate Lowe in collaboration with Buckingham and Winslow Young Carers.
Cllr Robin Stuchbury, Chairman of the Town Centre Events Committee, said: “After a summer of giving so many people pleasure, the otters are going up for auction.
“If you’ve enjoyed seeing the otters this is your opportunity to purchase one and by doing so you’ll be contributing to the Mayor’s charities and benefiting our local community, in the very same way the otters have throughout the summer.
“So please don’t miss this one off opportunity of owning your own Buckingham otter and by doing so you’ll be helping others.”
Image source: Buckingham Town Council