Go Penguins Auction to be Online Only

So the live auction event at St George’s Hall is not happening but there will be a chance for people to view them there and bid online.

Go Penguins auction to go global following ‘People’s Preview’

•    Go Penguins auction to go global on the internet
•    People’s Preview announced due to public demand
•    Another chance to see penguins following extreme weather

Wild in Art, the organisation behind Go Penguins  has announced that the penguin auction will now be opened up to the world via the internet , rather than taking place at St George’s Hall – allowing bidders to pick up their favourite penguin from anywhere in the world.

This move will maximise the potential for the nominated charities to benefit from the public art extravaganza that wowed the public for seven weeks over the festive period.

To mark this new and innovative move, Wild in Art are also delighted to announce that due to public demand, the penguins will again go on public view for one last time at St George’s Hall on 3 and 4 February 2010, so the general public can say their final goodbyes to the much loved waddle before they head for their new homes.

The ‘People’s Preview’ is a special bonus for anyone who may have missed out on visiting the trail as a result of the extreme weather conditions. The Go Penguins website has been inundated with messages from people left disappointed at not getting to visit the trail as planned and requesting one more chance to see the penguins.  There will also be a registration desk at the preview event, manned by the official auction house for the event, Sutton Kersh, where people will be able to register and place bids on any of the penguins.

Sally Ann Wilkinson, Director of Wild in Art said: “We’re really excited about the internet auction – we felt that having received great international media coverage, and a high number of absentee bidder enquiries, to maximise the full potential for the charities we had to find an alternative way of opening up the auction to everyone .We wanted to allow people from anywhere in the world to bid in real time if they wanted to, rather than restrict them to bidding by telephone or proxy. This way, everyone benefits, none more-so than the charities,”

All 67 penguins will now be up for grabs to anyone in the world, intensifying the competition and creating great scope for exciting bidding wars. Feedback from the 30 Superlambananas sold via an internet auction in 2008 showed that there was great potential for a full internet auction for Go Penguins. With more snow forecast for the end of January and beginning of February, the internet option will ensure that the fundraiser does not fall victim to the weather.

The preview will take place on Wednesday 3 February 8.30am-8.00pm and Thursday 4 February 8.30am-8.00pm.  Those attending will also be able to enter a prize-draw for a dream weekend in the city in aid of the nominated charities.