Auction

Auction

Bee in the City auction

Overview:

Organised By: Wild in Art

Event Location: HSBC UK National Cycling Centre, Stuart Street, Manchester M11 4DQ

Event Type: Auction

Details:

Event Time: Time: 6.15pm till late

Event Date: 17/10/2018

Event Price: £30 per ticket

Summary

Place your bid on 17 October 2018 for a chance to take your favourite Bee home with you.

Many of the Bees will take centre stage at a glittering auction to leave a lasting legacy for the Lord Mayor of Manchester’s We Love MCR Charity (The Lord Mayor of Manchester’s Charity Appeal Trust, registered charity  number 1066972).

There will be 77 lots that you can bid on during the auction, 73 big Bees and 4 medium-sized Bees. You can find out more about the auction lots here.

Download an Auction Catalogue

Download the Bee in the City Auction Terms and Conditions

Please note our Community and Learning Programme Bees are not available to buy at Auction; they will be winging their way to their forever homes in and around Manchester.

Registration to attend the Auction in person is now closed. However, you can still bid online via the link below. 

Online Bidding

The online Auction is now live at www.beeinthecitymcrauction.co.uk. 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 Bee in the City social media and keep checking the website for details.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the auction?

The auction is taking place on Wednesday 17 October. The event will begin with a reception at 6.15pm followed by the auction, 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 HSBC UK National Cycling Centre in Manchester, Stuart Street, Manchester, M11 4DQ.

Who is the auctioneer?

The auctioneer for the Bee in the City 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 a ticket to attend the auction?

Registration to attend the Auction in person is now closed. However, you can still bid online here.

Which Bees are being sold at auction?

There will be 77 lots that you can bid on during the evening – 73 big Bees and 4 medium-sized Bees. You can see a full list of all available Bees here

This doesn’t include the 23 Bees which have been designed by community groups or the 131 little Bees designed by schools and education groups, which will stay in their communities as a lasting legacy of Bee in the City.

People interested in bidding on a Bee are encouraged to come along to the Farewell Weekend to see the artwork up-close.

Is there an auction catalogue?

Yes. You can download the Auction Catalogue here.

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

Payment can be made by electronic transfer, debit card, credit card (up to a maximum of £25,000) bankers draft or cash (up to a maximum of £5,000).   You will need to pay on the night of the auction.

What are the Bees made of and how big are they?

The Bees are made of fire-resistant fibreglass.

The large Bees are approx 1.5m tall and 0.7m wide, weighing approximately 60kg.

The medium-sized Bees are approx 0.75m tall, weighing approximately 15kg.

If I buy a Bee, 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 also buy a plinth for my Bee?

If you intend for your Bee to be kept outside, concrete plinths are available at an additional £50 plus delivery costs.

If you intend for your Bee to be displayed inside, wooden plinths are available to buy. Please download more information about the specification and cost here.

How do I care for my Bee sculpture?

Yes. 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.

Why are the Bees Original Worker Bee and Buzzi not included in the auction?

The Original Worker Bee sculpture by Jodie Silverman was created as a prototype sculpture to launch Bee in the City. It is not designed for sale. It will make its forever home in the city and we’ll be able to confirm the details of where it will be displayed soon.

Buzzi is an augmented reality sculpture and was never intended to be included in the auction.

Can I check the condition of the auction lots?

Prospective buyers are encouraged to take a closer look at the sculptures during the Farewell Weekend on 12-14 October.

Can I come along to the 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 the Lord Mayor of Manchester’s We Love MCR Charity, so unfortunately we’re unable to have attendees who aren’t bidding on a sculpture. We will be live streaming the auction, which is a great way to join in the excitement! Follow Bee in the City social media and keep checking the website for details.

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 £6,000 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 at www.beeinthecitymcrauction.co.uk 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?

Yes. Please register for telephone bidding via the Bidder Registration Form.

Will you be accepting proxy bids?

Yes. We are accepting proxy bids if you can’t attend the auction in person or are unable to bid online or over the phone. You will need to select which Bees you would like to bid for and how much you are willing to pay. More details about proxy bidding coming soon.

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 for We Love MCR Charity?

We expect many of the sculptures to sell for between £6000 and £8000, so we hope to raise a significant amount of money for the Lord Mayor of Manchester’s We Love MCR Charity.

How will the funds raised at auction be used by the charity?

Net proceeds raised through the Bee in the City auction will support We Love MCR Charity’s Stronger Communities Fund. Community groups across Manchester can apply for up to £2,000 through this fund for initiatives that will bring their neighbourhoods together to celebrate diversity and help build stronger relationships in and across those communities.

It will also support the charity’s work in helping young Mancunians to gain the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to succeed. For many young people the opportunity to increase their self-confidence and broaden their aspirations can have an enormous positive impact on their future.

Can I buy a blank sculpture?

We may have some blank little Bee sculptures left at the end of the project, so please get in touch with us via hello@beeinthecitymcr.co.uk to register your interest.

Bee in the City 2018

Bee in the City 2018