Charity auction raises more than £25,000
London auction of Steiff bears dressed by celebrities boosts funds for Kingsclere charity
AN auction of Steiff teddy bears, dressed by celebrities, managed to raise a whopping £25,000 for a Kingsclere charity last night (Thursday).
About 250 people, including staff from Living Paintings, and actress Angela Winter, were at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, where the bidding took place.
Steiff bears have become famous throughout the country and are often snapped up by collectors.
All 20 bears were sold, with the highest bid for a bear, dressed by Sir Peter Blake, reaching more than £3,000.
The famed British pop artist was also among the audience to watch his bear being snapped up.
The event was hosted by television presenter, Lauren Laverne.
The Steiff bears, which have a trademark button in one ear, were dressed by celebrities including Sir Derek Jacobi, actress Joan Collins and fashion designers, Dame Vivienne Westwood and Stella McCartney, the daughter of Sir Paul McCartney.
A supportive message from sixties icon, Twiggy, who also designed a bear, was read out by 15-year-old Liam Midwood, of Bradford, who told of his experiences as a blind teenager and how support from the Living Paintings charity had helped him.
Living Paintings spokesman, Paul Hannon, said he had never seen such ferocious bidding.
He said: It was a huge success. We were all absolutely delighted all the bears sold and everybody had a really good time.”
The money raised for the charity will go towards the production of new touch and sound packs.
Each have special images and are aimed at teenagers, with subjects including fashion, sport, and performing arts.
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