Stunning sculptures of kingfishers flock to the Cheltenham auction


A collection of kingfishers sculptures is being auctioned off this week, after a summer spent dotted around Gloucestershire.

A unique collection of 22 individually designed sculptures, The Kingfisher Trail ran throughout the spring and summer and was a hugely popular regional activity during the 2021 summer break.

Visitors enjoyed spotting the beautifully designed birds in a variety of different settings and locations, from WWT Slimbridge to the picturesque Cotswold village of Bibury.

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All Kingfisher models have a personal story attached to them and are beautifully designed and decorated by a group of incredibly talented artists.

No two sculptures are the same and each bears the signature style of its artist, ranging from street art to illustration.

The majestic kingfishers are now gearing up for their big reveal at the Kingfisher 2021 auction, which will be hosted by a team of local specialist art auctioneers at Pittville Pump Room on Thursday, October 21.

Whether you are an avid collector, animal lover, or art lover, you will find that all sculptures have their own appeal. The collection is inspired by a range of themes, from climate change to conservation of the Cotswolds countryside.

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Prior to the live auction, everyone will have the opportunity to get their favorite sculpture via the “Buy Now” feature on the Kingfisher Trail 2021 app or website.

The extraordinary Gold Kingfisher, Sulis, will be up for grabs as a one-time raffle prize for one of the lucky 500 ticket holders. Tickets can be purchased through the app and the winner will be announced at the auction.

Andy Parsons, of Cotswolds National Landscape, said: “The Kingfisher Trail has been one of the most popular regional outdoor experiences this year and the highlight of the trail is the last flight of our magnificent herd, towards sale to live auction at Pittville Pump Room in Cheltenham.

“Guests of the auction will have an exclusive opportunity to bid for their favorite kingfisher sculpture and join us for a festive evening.”

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