24/09/18 Reverse order Timestamp format
Welcome to V&A Dundee for what promises to be a spectacular night. Anyone who was at or watched the Oor Wullie auction in 2016 will remember the amazing atmosphere, and tonight’s surroundings will only add to the excitement.
We have 80 main lots tonight, with two special baby penguins rounding things off. The sale is due to start at 7.30 and will last around two hours.
Back by popular demand are our auctioneers from ANM Group and iBidder. Expect lots of laughs and a furious pace.
We're ready to go!
Lot 1: Bonnie Dundee - Designed by Gail Stirling Robertson and sponsored by Lorraine Kelly.
Bonnie Dundee spent the summer at Castle Green in Broughty Ferry, making it a firm favourite with children. It could set the tone for the night. Let's hope for a bumper bid to get us going.
Lot 1: Bonnie Dundee - bidding starts....£2000....2400...2800....3200....
Lot 1: Bonnie Dundee sells for £6500
Lot 2: R2DunDee2 - Designed by Mandii Pope and sponsored by Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education
One of the most striking penguins, R2DunDee2 was seen on Brook Street in Broughty Ferry. A big hit with sci-fi fans, let’s hope for an out-of-this-world sale price tonight.
Lot 2: R2DunDee2 sells for £5500
Lot 3: Mr Sofishticated - Designed by Lena Kibbler and sponsored by Fletcher Group
Lot 3: Mr Sofishticated - sells for £4000
Lot 4: Blue Planet Penguin - Designed and sponsored by High School of Dundee
Inspired by David Attenborough’s wildlife documentary series Blue Planet II, the designer was 13-year-old Dundee High School pupil Rebecca Hamilton. When she wrote to Sir David to tell him about her design ideas and the Penguin Parade, he replied and said he was “very impressed” with her design which raised awareness about pollution in our seas and oceans.
Lot 4: Blue Planet Penguin sells for £6000
Lot 5: Bagpipes & Flippers - Designed by Sandra Webster and sponsored by James Keiller Estates.
Spent the summer outside DCA in Dundee and provided many a late-night selfie opportunity.
Lot 5: Bagpipes & Flippers sells for £9000
Lot 6: Engullfed - Designed by C.Gul and sponsored by Apex City Quay Hotel
Lot 6: Engullfed sells for £5000
Lot 7: Sid the Penguin - Designed by Douglas Roulston and sponsored by Box-it
Courier readers will remember artist Dougie and friend Richard’s epic walk to the top of the Sidlaws, carrying Sid on a world war two stretcher. Outdoors fan Dougie applied some finishing touches at the summit of Balkello Hill.
Lot 7: Sid the Penguin sells for £9000
Lot 8: Charles - Designed by Suzanne Scott (WhimSicAL LusH) and sponsored by Delson Contracts
Lot 8: Charles sells for £10,000
Lot 9: Gothamatryoshka - Designed by Catherine J. Bell and sponsored by DM Roofing
Lot 9: Gothamatryoshka sells for £5000
Lot 10: Don - Designed by Angela Nisbet and sponsored by King Group
Lot 10: Don sells for £10,000
Lot 11: What Lies Beneath - Designed by Rikki O'Neill and sponsored by Mackie Motors
We're at £70,000 for the night so far.
Lot 11: What Lies Beneath sells for £7000
Lot 12: 4 Seasons in One Day - Designed Judi Milne & Amy Lorimer and sponsored by Michelin
Lot 12: 4 Seasons in One Day sells for £5500
Lot 13: Heat Reactive Hue - Designed by Jane & Lucy Robertson and sponsored by Insights
Jane and Lucy Robertson created a heat-reactive penguin that changes colour and reveals the word “hello” in different languages when touched with a warm hand. Hue also changes in the heat of the sun and may need extra hugs on cold days.
Lot 13: Heat Reactive Hue sells for £4000
Lot 14: I Choose Dundee - Designed by Charlotte Ross and sponsored by Redwood Invercarse
Lot 14: I Choose Dundee sells for £7000
Lot 15: Dundee Stars’ Penguin - Designed by Fiona Hay and sponsored by Dundee Stars
We're nearly breaking through £100,000 for the night here!
Lot 15: Dundee Stars’ Penguin sells for £6000
We're at £99500 for the night!
Lot 16: Absent Penguin - Designed by Ulrika Kjeldsen and sponsored by EQ Accountants
Lot 16: Absent Penguin sells for £5000
Total for the night: £104,500
Lot 17: Pinguis Anatomica - Designed by Dr Caroline Erolin and sponsored by Ion8
Lot 17: Pinguis Anatomica sells for £4500
Lot 18: Punky Penguin! - Designed by Joanna Craig and sponsored by James F Stephen Architects
Lot 18: Punky Penguin! sells for £7000
Lot 19: Dundee United FC Penguin - Designed by Gordy Craw and sponsored by JF KEGS
Stephen Thompson secured the Dundee United Oor Wullie for his club in 2016. Can the new regime at Tannadice Park complete the double?
Lot 19: Dundee United FC Penguin sells for £6000
Lot 20: Sunrise - Designed by Rebecca Cohan and sponsored by F J Esposito Ltd
Lot 20: Sunrise sells for £7000
Lot 21: Pen Broon - Designed by Lee O'Brien and sponsored by Northwood Trust
Lot 21: Pen Broon sells for £5500
Lot 22: Emperor's Voyage of Discovery - Designed by Tom Harris-Ward and sponsored by Ninja Kiwi
Carved from a glue-laminated block of Douglas fir, the Antarctica shaped inlay in the penguin’s chest is a piece of teak wood salvaged from RRS Discovery during restoration work. Chainsaw artist Tom Harris-Ward worked his magic on this beauty, which is one of two sculptures on the trail not made of fibreglass.
Lot 22: Emperor's Voyage of Discovery sells for £8000
Lot 23 Dazzle Penguin - Designed by Islay Spalding and sponsored by Sleeperz
Lot 23 Dazzle Penguin sells for £5500
Lot 24 Peter Panguin - Designed by Maureen Crosbie and sponsored by Kirrie Community
The Kirriemuir Regeneration Group started a fundraising warchest to bid for the penguin. The community got fully behind the bit – taking part in an exercise challenge in August for donations; holding a penguin party on Kirrie Hill; and the local Co-op got involved too with a sponsored penguin walk in full costume
Lot 24 Peter Panguin sells for £7000
Tonight's auction has now raised over £150,000
Lot 25 Pluguin - Designed by Lesley D McKenzie and sponsored by Leisure & Culture Dundee
Like Plug himself, Pluguin has his own distinctive look. Will he be a hit with the buyers tonight?
Lot 25 Pluguin sells for £6000
Lot 26 The Store Hus Pingvin - Designed by Meg Held / The Store Hus and sponsored by Jon Frullani Architect
We can see Mr Frullani bidding...
Lot 26 The Store Hus Pingvin sells for £3500
Lot 27 Penguinstein - Designed by Mark Brown and sponsored by Dundee & Angus Chamber of Commerce
Lot 27 Penguinstein sells for £6000
Re: Lot 24 -- we think the Kirriemuir Regeneration Group got it!
Lot 28 Journalism - Designed by Martin Hill and sponsored by G2 Scaffolding Ltd
Journalism claimed a spot right outside the McManus and looking over to the The Courier Buildings in Meadowside. Will his sale price hit the headlines?
Lot 28 Journalism sells for £10,000
Lot 29 Old Tom Morris - Designed by Alison Price and sponsored by Carnoustie Golf Links
This stunner took pride of place in Carnoustie during The Open Championship and could well have built up an international fan base. This could be one of tonight’s lots.
Lot 29 Old Tom Morris sells for £7000
Lot 30 Penguin Street - Designed by Pamela Scott and sponsored by Brechin Community
Brechin folk are hoping to buy their town penguin back. The community penguin has been situated at the Brechin Community Campus and fundraising efforts spearheaded by businessman John Forster has raised a war chest. The community penguin was also the subject of a tweet by Prime Minister Theresa May when she retweeted a pic of Angus MP Kirstene Hair next to the statue.
Lot 30 Penguin Street sells for £6000
We're about £6000 short of £200,000 for the night!
Lot 31 WellBEEing - Designed by Caitlin Taylor and sponsored by Blackadders
Lot 31 WellBEEing sells for £7000
We've just broken £200,000!
Lot 32 Capguin Scott - Designed by James Gemmill and sponsored by Tayside Health Fund
Lot 32 Capguin Scott sells for £5500
Lot 33 Pop and Pip - Designed by Rachel Davies and sponsored by SPAR
Lot 33 Pop and Pip sells for £9000
Lot 34 "PJ" The Poetry Penguin - Designed by Betti Moretti and sponsored by Westport Luxury Serviced Apartments/ Discovery Aquatics
Lot 34 "PJ" The Poetry Penguin sells for £6000
Lot 35 I Believe I Can Fly - Designed by John Hunter Barrie (JoHuBa) and sponsored by Willis Lease Finance Corporation
Lot 35 I Believe I Can Fly sells for £10,000
Lot 36 Fish Food - Designed by Stuart Hatt and sponsored by St Andrews Aquarium
Lot 36 Fish Food sells for £4500. Online bidder there.
Lot 37 Lord P. N. Guin - Designed by Graham D. Farquhar and sponsored by Ultratape
Lot 37 Lord P. N. Guin sells for £9000
Lot 38 Crystal Azure - Designed by Stewart Small and Scott Stewart and sponsored by The Spray Factory
Bob Servant fans will be interested to see if the cheeseburger magnate decides to spend his riches on Crystal Azure, as it was propped up outside his home all summer.
Lot 38 Crystal Azure sells for £5000. No sign of Bob, we're afraid.
We're £500 short of £250k!!
Lot 39 The Baltic Builder - Designed by Rae McCulloch & Suzanne Scott (WhimSicAL LusH) and sponsored by QAPM
Lot 39 The Baltic Builder sells for £7000
That's it: we're past the quarter million mark!
Lot 40 Poppy - Designed by Howard Butterworth and sponsored by John Clark Motor Group
We’re halfway through after this lot. The atmosphere in the room is extraordinary.
Lot 40 Poppy sells for £6000
Lot 41 The Voyage of the Discovery - Designed by Alice Newman and sponsored by Forth Ports
Few penguins had a better view of Dundee than this one. Voyage’s position atop The Law made it a photo favourite.
Lot 41 The Voyage of the Discovery sells for £7000
Lot 42 Tiaki The Blue Penguin from New Zealand Visits Dundee - Designed by Fiona Sutherland Kim Hippolite and sponsored by Simple Minds
Lot 42 Tiaki The Blue Penguin sells for £6000
Lot 43 Growing Knowledge - Designed by Janice Aitken and sponsored by University of Dundee
Lot 43 Growing Knowledge sells for £6000
Lot 44 Strictly on Ice - Designed by Malcolm Menzies and sponsored by Seaways Chip Shop
Lot 44 Strictly on Ice sells for £7000
Lot 45 Fair Isla - Designed by Lindsay Allardyce and sponsored by Morris Leslie
One of the penguins that branched out beyond Dundee, Fair Isla spent the summer in Perth. Will she return there tonight?
Lot 45 Fair Isla sells for £8000
We're a hair away from £300,000
Lot 46 Hell's Penguin - Designed by Graham D. Farquhar and sponsored by Alliance Trust
This cool character spent the summer in Brechin, paying tribute to the area’s links to the Harley-Davidson brand. Whose gang will he be joining tonight?
Lot 46 Hell's Penguin sells for £7500
Lot 47 King Robert the Bruce Penguin - Designed by Melanie McCormack and sponsored by Caledonia Contracts
One for the patriots, King Robert should attract a princely sum tonight.
Lot 47 King Robert the Bruce Penguin sells for £8000
And we've just raced past £300,000
Lot 48 P-Pick Up The Phone Penguin - Designed by Gail Stirling Robertson and sponsored by James Keiller Gin
Lot 48 P-Pick Up The Phone Penguin sells for £11,000
Best price of the night so far. It's heating up!
Lot 49 March of the Penguins - Designed by Catherine Redgate and sponsored by NCR
Lot 49 March of the Penguins sells for £6000. Another online bid.
Lot 50 Chick - Designed by Sandra Webster and sponsored by Jotun Paints
Lot 50 Chick sells for £7000. Another onliner. The world is watching!
Lot 51 Penguin Classic - Designed by Calene Scott-White and sponsored by Thorntons
Literary lovers will be hoping for a happy ending if they are bidding on this beauty tonight.
Lot 51 Penguin Classic sells for £6500
Lot 52 Yoda Penguin - Designed by Matthew Low @episodeFLOW and sponsored by Specsavers
Paraded on Riverside Drive, he was. A favourite among the city’s student population, he is. Sell for a top price, he should.
Lot 52 Yoda Penguin sells for £8000
Lot 53 Now & Then - Designed by Dawn Brooks and sponsored by Visit Scotland
Lot 53 Now & Then sells for £5500
Lot 54 Penguin's Paradise - Designed by Mik Richardson and sponsored by Winter & Simpson
It feels like people in the room are realising chances to bid are running out.
Lot 54 Penguin's Paradise sells for £7500
Lot 55 A. Birdie - Designed by Sally Adams and sponsored by The British Golf Museum
A Birdie flew across to Fife, where a packed summer of golf meant he was seen and loved by people from all over the world. Expect another high bid here.
Lot 55 A. Birdie sells for £10,000!
Lot 56 Koi Waves - Designed by Brodie Hart (Pinchy) and sponsored by Dundee Plant Company Ltd
We're getting close to £400k for the night.
Lot 56 Koi Waves sells for £5000
Lot 57 Touchy Penguin - Designed by Chris McKay - Jolly Art and sponsored by Dover Business Services
This is no ordinary penguin. Finished with a thermochromic pigment, he displays a beautiful black coat when cold, before revealing his true colour when warmed
Lot 57 Touchy Penguin sells for £7000
Lot 58 Freeze Frame - Designed by Maureen King and sponsored by Duncan and Todd Opticians
Lot 58 Freeze Frame sells for £3000
Lot 59 Love, Light and Penguin Postures - Designed by Lindsey Gardiner and sponsored by Inverurie Precast Ltd
Lot 59 Love, Light and Penguin Postures sells for £5000
Lot 60 Scotland's Sunniest City - Designed by Infinite Sky and sponsored by Forster Group
Scotland’s Sunniest City, and on display during our sunniest summer. This little guy will bring back fond memories for the thousands of people who sought him out in Balgay Park.
Lot 60 Scotland's Sunniest City sells for £6500
Lot 61 Tick Tock - Designed by Karen MacAllister and sponsored by Wellgate Shopping Centre
Lot 61 Tick Tock sells for £5000
Lot 62 Waddle in Wonderland - Designed by Joanne MacFadyen and sponsored by Taypark House
Lot 62 Waddle in Wonderland sells for £5000
Lot 63 Sticky Feet - Designed by Debbie Ryan and sponsored by Mackays Ltd
This design was inspired by the historical association Dundee has with marmalade. Sticky Feet celebrates this via an amalgamation of designs in mosia, crushed maramalade jars, iridescent tiles, glitter and glass.
Lot 63 Sticky Feet sells for £7500
Not many more opportunities, says the auctioneer. And he's right. Get bidding!
Lot 64 Provincial Penguin - Designed by Louise Kirby and sponsored by Nandos Dundee
Provincial took up one of the busiest spots in the city, and stood right alongside Dundee’s existing penguin colony. You can’t have them, but you can have him.
Lot 64 Provincial Penguin sells for £5000
Lot 65 Pirate Penguin - Designed by Matthew Low @episodeFLOW and sponsored by SafeDem
Lot 65 Pirate Penguin sells for £6500
Lot 66 Dee the Wandering Wanderer - Designed by Nicola kleppang and sponsored by Bentleys
Lot 66 Dee the Wandering Wanderer sells for £6500
Lot 67 See How the Mainsail Sets - Designed by Ailsa Magnus & Billy Caulfield and sponsored by Central Demolition Ltd
Lot 67 See How the Mainsail Sets sells for £6500
Lot 68 Minecraft Ender Penguin - Designed by 4J Studios Ltd and sponsored by Scottish Police Federation
Chris Van Der Kuyl bought Minecraft Wullie. Will he add to the collection tonight?
Lot 68 Minecraft Ender Penguin sells for £6500
Lot 69 Inflorescence - Designed by M C Cranwell and sponsored by Kirkwood Homes Limited
Lot 69 Inflorescence sells for £6500
We're over £450,000 now. Can we reach the half million?
Lot 70 Punnet Penguin - Designed by Rachelle Wong and sponsored by Angus Council employees
Lot 70 Punnet Penguin sells for £7500
Lot 71 Bananaman - Designed by Chris 'Creo' Alexander V&A Dundee
Bananaman fan and Edzell Primary pupil Robbie Burke wanted the penguin to look like the caped crusader...but in penguin form. Just like magic, artist Chris “Creo” Alexander transformed Robbie’s Bananaman sketch into Banana Penguin!
Lot 71 Bananaman sells for £4500
Lot 72 Fundeeland - Designed by Blair McCafferty and sponsored by McKenna Group
There are only a handful of penguins to go now.
Lot 72 Fundeeland sells for £6500
Lot 73 Flamenguin - Designed by Sally Adams and sponsored by The Greenroom Beauty Salon
Lot 73 Flamenguin sells for £6500
Lot 74 Peacock Penguin (Raine) - Designed by Rhiannon Moore (Kitchimama) and sponsored by I & H Brown Ltd
Lot 74 Peacock Penguin (Raine) sells for £10,000
Lot 75 Penguin PJS - Designed by Ruth Mutch and sponsored by Wood Leisure
Lot 75 Penguin PJS sells for £6500
Lot 76 South Pole Position - Designed by Thomas Nisbet and sponsored by Cameron Group Perth
This could be the one that breaks the £500k barrier!
Lot 76 South Pole Position sells for £5000
We think *think* that's us past £500,000
Lot 77 Dundee FC Penguin - Designed by Pauline Lavery and sponsored by Dundee Football Club
It’s the turn of the Dark Blues to bid on a new piece of club history. Is he destined for Dens Park, or perhaps the home of a celebrity fan?
Lot 77 Dundee FC Penguin sells for £5000
Lot 78 Ticket to Ride - Designed by Pam Kelly and sponsored by ABC
Lot 78 Ticket to Ride sells for £7500
Lot 79 Korora-Mantic - Designed by Yvonne Stewart (Coramantic)
Yvonne Stewart’s design is inspired by the Korora penguin, often called the “fairy penguin”. These birds are known for their strong family bond and determination to survive when faced with adversity. The design is upbeat but warns to pay attention to changes in your body. Hidden among the happy characters are two unsavoury creatures located at her right breast. Inspired by Yvonne’s own cancer journey and the support that Maggie’s centres provide, her design represents the emotional cancer journey.
Lot 79 Korora-Mantic sells for £5000
The final main lot!
Lot 80 Maggie and Fleur - Designed by Suzanne Scott (WhimSicAL LusH) and sponsored by Abertay University
Lot 80 Maggie and Fleur sells for £6000
It's not over yet though. Now the babies!
Lot 81 Blinguin (AKA Sparkly) - Designed by Joanne MacFadyen and sponsored by Tea Green Events & Joanne MacFadyen Jewellery
Lot 81 Blinguin (AKA Sparkly) sells for £7000
Lot 82 Maggie - Designed by Suzanne Scott of WhimSicAL LusH and sponsored by Signature Signs
Wee Maggie is cosy in her favourite handmade jumper. Her knitwear is inspired by those who help others, like 109 year old Alfie Dent who knitted jumpers for the rescue penguins of Philip Island. It also represents those who support others every day at Maggie’s Dundee by listening, offering advice and encouragement and by providing a welcoming, inspiring, warm safe space for people when they need it the most.
Lot 82 Maggie sells for £7000
And that's them all gone. "It's been a distinct honour to have been here tonight," says our auctioneer.
A hush has now taken over the room as we await the confirmed total....
Sponsors and supporters are being thanked as someone clever does their sums.
Huge excitement as we wait for the total. "Team Penguin" have taken the stage to rapturous applause.
Now....the final amount....
Tonight raised £539,000
Thanks for following our updates. Look out for more reaction and photos in Tuesday's Courier.