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Almost £1.2million raised for Durrell at Go Wild Gorilla auction

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ALMOST £1.2 million was raised for Durrell on Wednesday night as 44 of the conservation charity's Go Wild Gorilla statues went under the hammer at the Royal Yacht Hotel.

The Go Wild Gorilla statues in place at the Zoo. Andy Coutanche's The Space Between Us gorilla at the front. Picture: JON GUEGAN. (26287379)

A total of £1,146,500 was raised. One statue called The Space Between Us – designed by artist Andy Coutanche – sold for £72,000 making it the most expensive lot of the night.

The artworks sold for an average of £26,500 each – they had had a reserve of £5,000 each.

The statues had been placed around the Island for the past few months as part of the popular Go Wild Gorilla trail. The piece designed by Mr Coutanche had been place in St Ouen's Bay.

Proceeds from the campaign are due to go towards a new enclosure for the gorillas at the Zoo in Trinity.

In a tweet following the auction, organisers said: 'WHAT A NIGHT!!

'We are THRILLED to announce that we raised a grand total of £1,146,500 at the Grand Gorilla Auction, which is beyond anything we could have hoped!!

'Thank you so much to everyone who has been involved with this project, you've all been amazing!'

Jack Maguire

By Jack Maguire
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