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The Lincoln Barons’ Legacy - Raising £167k

The sculptures of the Lincoln Barons' Charter Trail were auctioned on October 1st and raised £167,000 towards the work of The Trussell Trust.

The stars of the trail went under the hammer at a VIP event at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel on Lincolnshire Day 2015. Brisk and highly-competitive bidding for the 25 colourful  Baron sculptures raised a huge amount for the national foodback charity, The Trussell Trust.

About 250 people bought tickets for the unusual sale, which was compered by Lincs FM presenter Ross Garrigan. After a welcome drink and canapes, professional auctioneer Ian Walter of J H Walter got down to the real business of the night - rallying guests to dig deep to secure their favourite Baron.

The auction was streamed live on the internet and almost 1,000 people watched live along with the packed auction room. You can watch the replay of the auction below or or YouTube.

The baron which raised the most money was Bomber Baron which went for a huge £11,000! Red Arrows Baron sold for £10,200 and Wings of an Angel Baron was sold for £10,000.

Here are the amounts made for each of the 25 lots at the auction:

  1. Wildflower Statue Baron: £3,500
  2. Sir Walter Style: £3,800
  3. Mmm...Lincolnshire Baron: £5,800
  4. The Graduate Baron: £6,800
  5. Baron of the Riches: £7,800
  6. Station Master Baron: £5,200
  7. Steampunk Baron: £5,000
  8. Bomber Baron: £11,000
  9. An Expansive Place Baron: £7,200
  10. The People's Baron: £7,800
  11. Teacher Baron: £5,500
  12. Lincolnshire Waterways Baron: £6,800
  13. Baron of the Crystal Hues: £5,500
  14. Baron Mayor of Lincoln: £5,800
  15. Lindum Soldier: £7,000
  16. Anything Goes Baron: £6,800
  17. The 1960s Baron: £7,500
  18. Proud to be a Yellowbelly: £6,200
  19. The Beekeeper Baron: £6,500
  20. Red Arrows Baron: £10,200
  21. The Young Baron: £5,500
  22. The Truck Driver Baron: £6,000
  23. Construction Baron: £7,000
  24. Freeman Baron: £6,800
  25. Wings of an Angel: £10,000

We know some of the barons will be staying in Lincoln, with local businesses DoubleTree by Hilton, The Lincoln Hotel, and the University of Lincoln winning a baron each to display in the city. We hope to see others popping up again soon!

If you enjoyed the Barons' Trail, please recognise this by donating to The Trussell Trust by text. Simply text "TBCL15" followed by the amount to be donated in pounds sterling to 70070. For example, to donate £5 text "TBCL15 £5", to donate £10 text "TBCL15 £10".

People looking for a souvenir of the Lincoln Baron’s Trail can still buy a mini Paint Your Own Baron from the Lincoln Visitor Information Centre in Castle Hill. They cost £9.95 each.

Lincoln BIG produced the Trail in collaboration with Wild in Art and The Trussell Trust.

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