The unmissable Oor Wullie’s BIG Bucket Trail Regional Charity Auctions take place the week commencing 16 September, acting as the finale to the spectacular summer-long art trail enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of residents and visitors to Scotland.
Each Children’s Hospital Charity will be holding an auction for the sculptures that were in their regions, plus some very special additions.
- Monday 16 September – Dundee Rep – ARCHIE Foundation’s Dundee Sculptures
- Tuesday 17 September – Thainstone Centre, Inverurie – ARCHIE Foundation’s Aberdeen & Inverness Sculptures
- Thursday 19 September – Prestonfield House, Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity’s Edinburgh Sculptures
- Friday 20 September – KelvingroveArt Gallery, Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity’s Glasgow Sculptures
This is now your chance to buy a piece of Scotland’s unforgettable summer and own a unique work of art, whether for your home, garden or business. At the same time as becoming a very proud owner you will be directly benefitting Scotland’s Children’s Hospital Charities. The help you provide will make a real difference for many local children and young people when they most need it. Thank you for your support, and we wish you successful bidding!
If you would like to attend one of the auction events to bid for a sculpture, please contact the charities directly.
If you’re unable to attend the auctions, the lots are available for you to register. You will be able to live stream the auction and place your bids. This is a truly unique experience and anyone in the world can place a bid.
Please register for online bidding here
To view the online lots please follow the links below. Printed Auction Guides will be available on the night but we recommend picking up a Souvenir Guide in advance.
Download the Oor Wullie’s BIG Bucket Trail Auction Terms and Conditions
You can also crowdfund for an Oor Wullie using justgiving.com which many people are doing now! Here is an example https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/ScoutOorWullie
For further details, please do not hesitate to contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get a ticket for the Auction?
Tickets for the auction evening are now available but there is a limited number. If you’re interested in bidding at the auction, please email the following people at each of the charities
Where can I preview the Oor Wullie sculptures?
Please email the charity contacts for details on the OWBBT Farewell Events taking place from 13-15 September
Dundee Slessor Gardens, Dundee, DD1 3RT
Inverness Eastgate Shopping Centre, Inverness, IV2 3PP
Aberdeen Marischal College Quad, Broad St, Aberdeen AB10 1AB
Edinburgh St Andrews Sq, Edinburgh, EH2 2AD
Glasgow SEC Hall 3, Exhibition Way, Glasgow, G3 8YW (SOLD OUT)
I can’t attend the auction, can I bid online?
Yes. If you can’t attend the auction you can still take part in the bidding. The auction will be live streamed live via the auctioneers online system. You will be able to follow the auction on your computer on the night and bid in real-time just as the bidders in the auction room. You can however also, if you prefer, put in your maximum bid in advance. The online system will then choose the lowest bid possible to win.
The auctions are now open for registrations and require a £200 deposit. The deposit will be automatically refunded after the auction whether successful or not.
If you prefer to pay with a different card than the one used for registration that will be acceptable and we will get details from you after the sale.
What is a pre-bid?
If you can’t attend the auction you can still take part in the bidding. Please register for online bidding here. You select which Oor Wullie(s) you would like to bid for and how much you are willing to pay. You submit your bid on the auctioneers online system in advance and it will be brought into the mix during the auction.Warning with Pre-Bids: If you leave Pre-Bids on more than one Oor Wullie you may well win more than just the one, unless of course you would like them all!
Where are the auctions and what time do they start?
Monday 16 September – Dundee
Dundee Rep – Archie Foundation’s Dundee Sculptures
Drinks reception: 6.30pm | Auction will commence sharp at: 7.45pm
Tuesday 17 September – Aberdeen
Thainstone Centre, Inverurie Archie Foundation’s Aberdeen & Inverness Sculptures
Drinks reception: 6.45pm | Auction will commence sharp at: 7.55pm
Thursday 19 September – Edinburgh
Prestonfield House, Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity’s Edinburgh Sculptures
Drinks reception: 19:00 | Auction will commence sharp at: 19:45
Friday 20 September – Glasgow
Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity’s Glasgow and the West Sculptures
Drinks reception: 7.00pm | Auction will commence sharp at: 8.15pm
What is the guide price?
While it is difficult to assess the likely amount that any sculpture may sell for, bidding will begin in the region of £2000-£4000. However, prices realised will be higher and we expect a number of sculptures to sell for considerably more
Will every Oor Wullie be included?
Oor Classic by Peter Davidson will appear at each of the evenings ahead of being bid upon at the Glasgow Auction.
The Wee Oor Wullies that have been designed by schools and community groups are not are not available to buy at Auction; they will be winging their way back to the schools and groups who created them to be kept as mementos.
However, there will be a few specially commissioned Wee Oor Wullie’s that will be available to bid on.
In addition, the following Oor Wullie Sculptures will NOT be going to auction.
- Oor Rabbie Rides Again by Susan McGill
- Scots Guard Wullie by Mik Richardson
- Oor Cabbie by John Hunter Barrie
- Arnold Clark Timeline by Taylor McTaggart
- Glasgow Galaxy by Chrisse MacGregor
- O’er The Heathery Braes by Erin Michele O’Shaughnessy
- Oor Fundraiser
- Time to Shine by Arnold Clark
Who will the auctioneers be at the events?
Meet the Auctioneers: Alan Hutcheon, Colin Slessor, Mark Barrack, Alan Donald
“We are delighted to be involved in such a high-profile charity initiative and once again play our part in raising funds for very worthwhile charities including The Archie Foundation. This is the fourth major charity auction that ANM has facilitated and we’re very proud to have helped raise nearly £2 million over the past few years – it’s an incredible achievement by all involved!”
ANM Group (Thainstone) is community-owned and Scotland’s most progressive farming, food and finance business.
With more than a century spent at the centre of the Scottish agricultural industry, ANM’s interests are in livestock auctioneering and marketing, the land market, commercial and industrial, plant, machinery and equipment sales, as well as the catering and hospitality industry.
The group’s professional and highly-skilled staff works hard to deliver the best possible return and benefit to its members’ and customers’ businesses.
If a bid is successful, how do I pay for my sculpture(s)?
Payment can be made on the night of the auction by card. Credit Card payments will incur a merchant fee. Payment by Debit Card does not incur any additional fee.
Payment can also be made by cheque payable to the appropriate charity, or bank transfer.
By prior arrangement with the appropriate charity, we can raise an invoice for the total amount due. Invoices should be paid within 7 days of receipt.
If transportation or plinths are required, this will be added to the total amount due on the night.
What are the terms and conditions?
The terms and conditions are available at www.oorwullie.com/auction
Is my successful bid considered a charity donation?
Is my successful bid gift aidable?