Collectors bid £60,000 for Philip Larkin tribute 'Toad' sculptures


2015-06-26 12:03:45


Collectors bid 60,000 for Philip Larkin tribute 'Toad' sculptures

After beguiling residents of the UK city of Hull for 10 weeks, these wacky sculptures leapt to auction

At first glance, they look more like something out of The Beatles' Yellow Submarinethan a tribute to one of the great English poets of the latter half of the20th century.

But the psychedelic-looking toads that have been turning heads in the UK's East Midlandscity of Hull over the past couple of months were actually a tribute to Philip Larkin.

Larkin (1922-1985) was originally born in Coventry and later adopted Hull as his hometown after moving there to work as a librarian.

His works included Toads and Toads Revisited, to which over 40 toad sculptures dotted around Hull were placed as atribute marking the 25th anniversary of Larkin's death.

Some of the toads which appeared around thecity of Hull

After 10 weeks on display in the city,private bidders jumped at the chance to own the toads when they went to auction over the weekend.

According to the sale's organisers, Larkin With Toads, bids for the one-metre high toads ranged from 1,250 to 3,600. Overall, most of the toads sold for an incredible 60,000.

While the majority of them have been sold to private collectors (and are due to be shipped to the lucky winning bidders) a few of the unique sculptures will reportedly remain on public view.

The sale was held on Saturday September 25, with profits reportedly going to the Lord Mayor's charities, the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and arts funds.

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