Pete Mckee's 'Thank You Sheffield Children's Hospital' Bear raised £30,000. The statue was sponsored by Sheffield Hallam University.

Bears of Sheffield auction: The eight bears with the highest bids revealed

After a 'pawsome' and remarkable 12-week journey, the Bears of Sheffield fundraising trail came to an end on Monday night with a highly successful auction earning over £500,000.

Tuesday, 19th October 2021, 4:46 pm

The biggest public arts event Sheffield has ever seen, Bears of Sheffield followed on from Herd of Sheffield elephant trail auction in 2016 which raised over £400,000 for new scanner equipment.

The trail concluded on Monday night (October 18) at The Crucible with the auction of the vibrantly decorated 61 two-metre sculptures that lit up the city this summer, with the proceeds benefiting a new Cancer and Leukaemia ward at Sheffield Children's Hospital.

The Children's Hospital Charity, which spearheaded the project, previously raised more than £2 million of the project's £2.75 million cost, and construction work already began in May.

In total, last night's auction raised £525,200, marking the completion of the charity's fundraising journey for the Cancer and Leukaemia Ward at the hospital.

Here we reveal eight bears which have received some of the highest bids.

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