Gorillas going, going, gone

£100,000 has been raised from the auction of the 30 decorated gorillas that were placed around Torbay and Exeter this summer

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Great Gorillas auction raises £100,000 for charity

A hundred thousand pounds has been raised from the auction of the thirty decorated Gorillas that were placed around Torbay and Exeter this summer.

The highest bid for a single gorilla was £5,300.

Most were sold to people living in the West Country. Some said they`ll keep them in their gardens while others want to put them in public locations.

The money is going to gorilla conservation and the Children's Hospice South West.


Gorillas going, going, gone

Just a few months ago gorillas were taking over Torbay and Exeter. The colourful statues designed by artists became a major tourist attraction, with thousands of people visiting to take their photographs with them.

Tonight they're being auctioned off for charity at Paignton's Palace Theatre. Our reporter Richard Lawrence went to see them before the auction began.

Gorillas on show at Paignton

The striking painted gorillas that have spent the summer in prominent positions around Exeter and Torbay have been reunited at Paignton Zoo.

The 30 statues are on public display together for the next four days only .

They've been brought out a day earlier than expected in case of more visitors due to the teachers strike .

The Gorillas will be sold off at an auction on November 6th to raise money for the conservation of the species in the wild.

Gorilla statues at Paignton Zoo Credit: ITV News West Country


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Life-size gorilla statues sail into Torquay

Eight life-size gorilla statues sailed into Torquay harbour this morning. Credit: ITV Westcountry

The models arrived as part of the Great Gorillas Project. They will now be sponsored by local businesses and painted by artists from the area and put up across Torbay and Exeter. It is hoped the statues will raise awareness of the zoo and raise money for gorilla conservation.

Our cameraman filming the gorillas on their travels Credit: ITV Westcountry
Close up shot of one of the life size gorillas Credit: ITV Westcountry
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