Will there be an elephant in YOUR room after tonight's Herd of Sheffield auction?

After three months out in the wild it is finally time for the much-loved Herd of Sheffield elephant sculptures to find permanent homes.

Thursday, 20th October 2016, 10:31 am
Updated Tuesday, 25th October 2016, 8:23 pm
The Children's Hospital hopes to raise thousands of pounds in tonight's auction

From the hugely popular Arctic Monkeys ‘AM’ elephant to the iconic ‘Marjorie’ elephant by Pete McKee, each elephant will bring something unique to the homes of the highest bidders.

The 58 fiberglass sculptures which formed the hugely popular Herd of Sheffield trail this summer will be auctioned off tonight at the Crucible Theatre to raise money for a lifesaving piece of equipment at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

The elephants were displayed in all their glory at Meadowhall over the weekend

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Rebecca Staden, Herd of Sheffield project manager, said: “We believe there is something for everyone – we can’t wait to see how much money they raise for the hospital.”

The Children's Hospital have estimated that each elephant should raise around £1,500 for charity - with some of the most popular sculptures going for much more.

The charity are encouraging people to dig deep and bid generously to fund a Multipurpose Fluoroscopy System – a lifesaving piece of equipment which is used to obtain real-time moving X-rays. This new equipment will enable highly skilled radiologists to diagnose and provide treatment which in turn will give patients the best possible chance of a full and healthy life.

Each sculpture has a unique design and we believe there is something for everyone"

Online, proxy and telephone bidding will all be available for people who cannot make it to the Crucible tonight.

Live audio and video feeds will allow people to bid at the auction from anywhere in the world, from their computers, mobiles or tablets.

Tickets, priced £25 subject to booking fees, are available online or by calling the Crucible Box Office.

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The elephants were displayed in all their glory at Meadowhall over the weekend
Each sculpture has a unique design and we believe there is something for everyone"