Norfolk council loses money at auction with Queen's corgi sculptures

sculpture made out of wicker

It has been revealed that oversized wicker corgis that cost a council £3,000 each were sold at a significant loss.

Seven of the sculptures honoring the Queen's Platinum Jubilee cost the Broadland District Council £21,000.

The 6 ft (1 point 8 m) long and 4 ft (1 point 2 m) high statues were ordered for an arts trail last summer, but four of them were sold at a charity auction for just over £500 each.

Before its meeting on Thursday, the council said it was unable to comment.

The sculptures, which were purchased in memory of the late Queen Elizabeth II's beloved pet, were put on display as part of the arts trail in Reedham, Thorpe St Andrew, Old Catton, Whitwell and Reepham Railway Station, Blickling Hall, Coltishall, and Little Plumstead.

According to the Conservative-led council, some of the money spent on them could be recovered by selling them later.

Corgi with John Fisher, chairman of the council
The corgis were on display in a number of locations throughout Norfolk, and John Fisher, the council chairman, is shown here with one of them.

They eventually settled on a reasonably low price, according to councilwoman for the Liberal Democrats Caroline Karimi-Ghovanlou.

She explained, "At the beginning of this month, four of the corgis were auctioned off.

"They raised a total of $2,140, which was donated to Nelson's Journey, a very deserving charity that supports bereaved children.

"My problem with that is that they didn't receive their entire purchase price back.

"In my opinion, the funds would have been better used elsewhere. ".

King Charles has received one of the other sculptures as a gift.

After the Queen's first corgi, it was given the name Susan.

At a council meeting in December, Trudy Mancini-Boyle, a Conservative councilor and deputy leader, announced that the wicker dog would be moving to the royal estate in west Norfolk, Sandringham.

The royal household would be delighted to receive Susan as a gift from the council in honor of our late Queen, we have confirmation of that, she said.

Ms. Karimi-Ghovanlou added that she was curious as to what the council intended to do with the two remaining corgis.

When she asked a question at a full council meeting later this week, Broadland District Council said it could not respond until that time.

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