When: Wednesday 6 November 2019

Time: 6.30pm till late

Where: The Royal Yacht, Weighbridge, St Helier, JE2 3NF.

Price: £25 per ticket for the auction room / £10 per ticket for the Drift bar

Place your bid on 6 November 2019 for a chance to take your favourite gorilla home with you.

This exclusive event will see all 40 silverback gorilla sculptures, plus three young gorillas, auctioned to help us raise essential funds to build our beloved gorilla family a new home.

As space is limited we respectfully ask that only serious bidders register to attend and bid in the auction room. Please contact jane.hardy@durrell.org for further information.

However, you can still be part of the evening by joining us as we stream the event in the Drift bar. Purchase tickets here.

For the Go Wild Gorillas Terms and Conditions click here .

Please note our Community and Learning Programme gorillas are not available to buy at auction; they will stay in their communities and schools as a lasting legacy.

SWEEPSTAKE

Take part in our Go Wild Gorillas Sweepstake to be in for a chance to win £100 by choosing the highest value gorilla at auction. Download the sweepstake here.

Donations can be made via our JustGiving page, please remember to include your name and business.


Online bidding

The online auction is now live. Hansons Auctioneers will ask you to complete a simple registration process – all you need is your debit / credit card to verify your identity. Your bid will be included in the live auction on the night and you will be able to continue bidding online at the live auction to increase your bid.

For people keen to watch the action, the auction will also be streamed live on the night. Follow Go Wild Gorillas social media and keep checking the website for details.


Frequently asked questions

When is the auction?

The auction is taking place on Wednesday 6 November 2019. The event will begin with a reception at 6.30pm followed by the auction at 7.30pm, which will conclude at approximately 11pm. There will be light refreshments during the evening.

Where is the auction?

The auction is taking place at The Royal Yacht, Weighbridge, St Helier JE2 3NF.

Who is the auctioneer?

The auctioneer for the Go Wild Gorillas auction is Charles Hanson, known for his regular appearances on Bargain Hunt and Flog It! The auction is hosted by his auction house Hansons Auctioneers.

How do I buy tickets to attend the auction?

Space in the auction room is limited. To register to attend and bid, please contact jane.hardy@durrell.org for further information.

If you are not planning to bid on a gorilla but would like to attend the evening, we will be live streaming the auction in the Drift bar at the Royal Yacht, tickets for this can be purchased here.

Which gorillas are being sold at auction?

There will be 44 lots that you can bid on during the evening – 41 silverback gorillas and 3 young gorillas. You can see a full list of available gorillas here.

This doesn’t include the 43 gorillas which have been designed by community and education groups, which will stay in their communities and schools as a lasting legacy.

People interested in bidding on a gorilla are encourage to come along to the Goodbye Gorillas weekend to see the artwork up-close.

Is there an auction catalogue?

Yes, you can view the online auction catalogue here.

If my bid is successful, how do I pay for the gorilla?

Payment can be made by electronic transfer, debit card, credit card (up to a maximum of £25,000). You will need to pay on the night of the auction.

What are the gorillas made or and how big are they?

The gorillas are made of fire-resistant fibreglass.

The silverback gorillas are approx. 1.5m tall, 1.5m long and 0.9m wide, weighing approximately 40kg.

The young gorillas are approx. 0.7m tall, 0.8m long and 0.5m wide, weighing approximately 10kg.

If I buy a gorilla, how is it delivered?

Our logistics partner will be available during the night of the auction to organise delivery. There will be a sliding scale of delivery charges, dependent on distance.

Can I buy a plinth for my gorilla?

If you intend for your gorilla to be kept outside, concrete plinths are available from Ronez Quarry at an additional cost. Please call 01534 867212 for further information.

How do I care for my gorilla sculpture?

We’ll provide you with some basic guidelines in keeping up the appearance of your artwork. Regular maintenance of your sculpture is a very simple way to ensure its longevity.

Can I check the condition of the auction lots?

Prospective buyers are encouraged to take a closer look at the sculptures during the Goodbye Gorillas weekend on 1-4 November 2019.

Can I come along to see the auction, but not bid?

There is a limited capacity at the auction’s venue and we are trying to raise as much money as possible for our gorilla family, so unfortunately we’re unable to have attendees who aren’t bidding on a sculpture. We will be live streaming the auction in the Drift bar and on social media, which is a great way to join in the excitement!

What is the guide price?

While it is difficult to assess the likely amount that any sculpture may sell for, we believe a bid in excess of £5,000 should secure a sculpture. However, prices realised could be higher and we expect many sculptures to sell for considerably more.

Can I bid online?

The online auction is now live where you can register as an online bidder. Our online partner Hansons Auctioneers will ask you to complete a simple approval process – you will be asked to provide ID and/or company registration details if you are bidding on behalf of a business, or personal identification if bidding as a private individual.

Once you have been approved you can choose to submit your auction bid prior to the auction. Your bid will be included in the live auction on the night. You will be able to continue bidding online at the live auction to increase your bid.

Can I bid over the phone?

Unfortunately we will not be able to accept bids by telephone but you will be able to bid online.

Will you be accepting proxy bids?

Yes, please contact Jane Hardy on jane.hardy@durrell.org for more information.

Will you be live streaming the auction?

Yes. We will be live streaming the auction so you can join in the excitement from the comfort of your own home. Follow Bee in the City social media and keep checking the website for details. Please note that you won’t be able to bid through Facebook.

How much money do you expect to raise?

We expect many of the sculptures to sell for upwards of £5,000 so we hope to raise a significant amount of money for our gorilla family.