Manchester auctions off Bee In The City Trail sculptures for charity

More than 100 giant bee sculptures formed the Bee In The City trail in Manchester. Credit: PA

The bee sculptures which have which have been dotted around Manchester this summer are being auctioned off for charity later.

The most popular are expected to fetch between £5,000 and £8,000 with funds going to the Lord Mayor of Manchester's We Love MCR charity.

There are 77 big bees for sale. There are also 130 smaller ones which will go back to the schools that decorated them.

101 bees are up for auction this evening

The bee, which is depicted in the city's coat of arms, became a symbol of resilience after the Arena Terror attack.

This is the Manchester City bee followed by the Manchester United bee

Wild in Art will hold the auction at the National Cycling Centre in Eastlands.