Members of City of Wolverhampton’s wolf pack from the city’s biggest ever public art event are to be officially auctioned off for charity next month.
The proceeds will be shared between Outside Centre and the Mayor of Wolverhampton, Cllr Elias Mattu’s chosen charities.
Will Farmer, Director of Fielding Auctioneers Ltd, who is well known for his appearances on BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, will lead the Wolves in Wolves auction in the Hayward Suite, at Molineux stadium, on Thursday, November 2.
The wolves to go under the hammer are Wild, Colour, Love, The Sitting, Bayliss, Sunset, Compton, Kiyiya, Rainbow, Meditation, Endless Opportunities, Dynasty, Garden, Sacred Grandfathers, Zeus and Beowulf.
The remaining wolves will either be retained by their sponsors for use in projects, such as Hope at Headstart and Aurora at Talentmatch, both being used for activities with young people.
A handful of the wolves are set to remain on display in the city centre, such as Hunter outside the University School of Art, Old Gold in the Wolves Museum, Thomas at Marston’s House, Support Life at the University of Wolverhampton, Mander at Mander House, Beanstalk at the Grand Theatre, and roaming wolf Claude.
Almost 40 mini-wolves from the Wolverhampton Art Gallery exhibition will also be auctioned off on the night.
Will said: “I am thrilled to be the auction partner for this fantastic and very successful project.
“It will be wonderful to find some new homes for the wolves and to raise a huge amount of money for charity.”
The majority of the 30 wolves are currently resting in a warehouse waiting to be cleaned ahead of the auction.
Councillor John Reynolds, City of Wolverhampton Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: “The wolves have really captured people’s imaginations and the whole project has been a howling success.
“The auction now gives people the chance to bid for their favourite wolf and raise money for charity at the same time.
“Wolves in Wolves has showcased the city to visitors and the 30 wolves have helped put the city on the map as a cultural centre.
“It has also been a great way for people of all ages to get active and discover the city and what it has to offer.”
On the day of the auction, doors will open at 4pm for viewing, with the auction starting at 7pm