Edinburgh CowParade

September 7, 2006

Gala Auction

Edinburgh CowParade

Almost a hundred life-size fibreglass cows decorated the streets of Edinburgh for ten weeks from May 2006.  About two thirds of these are now to be sold in auction to raise funds to raise funds for charities.


Change of Venue

Early announcements and adverts reported  that the CowParade auction was to be held  at the Cruise Liner Terminal, Leith Docks (close to the Ocean Terminal shopping centre).  However, plans have now changed.

Prestonfield House Hotel

However, the auction has now received sponsorship from Prestonfield House Hotel and from Shapes Auctioneers,

It will be held  as a Gala Auction, admission by ticket only, at 7pm on September 7, 2006 at Prestonfield House Hotel, Edinburgh. 

Auction Tickets

A limited number of tickets for the auction will be available at 35 each.  It will also be possible to bid by post and by telephone.

This web page gives further details of the auction including how to apply for tickets.

Bids from 1,500

Around 60 of the cows from the Cow Parade are to be auctioned.  Others will be given back to the communities where they were designed.

Bids for each cow will start at  1,500.  It is expected that, on average, the cows will sell for 3,000 to 4,000 each.  The record price that has been paid for a cow is around 85,000 for 'Waga Moo Moo', a cow in CowParade Dublin that was decorated with 14,941 Waterford crystals.


Three quarters of the proceeds from the auction will go to two charities:

Vetaid:  supporting farming projects in Africa

OneCity Trust:  supporting Edinburgh-based social inclusion projects

SOURCE: (for most of the details above):  Edinburgh Evening News, August 3, 2006: p.25.



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