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The people have voted and the favourite sculptures from the Cows about Cambridge art trail can now be revealed.

The hugely popular 10-week trail, supported by the Cambridge Independent, has now ended and online bids are being taken for 43 udderly unique lots.

The Cows about Cambridge cows have been removed and placed into safe storage awaiting the auction. Here, volunteers Celia Joseph and Francisco Colorado help Peter Marron, of the charity Break, remove Moss Cow. Picture: Keith Heppell
The Cows about Cambridge cows have been removed and placed into safe storage awaiting the auction. Here, volunteers Celia Joseph and Francisco Colorado help Peter Marron, of the charity Break, remove Moss Cow. Picture: Keith Heppell

The cows, designed by regional and national artists, are going up for auction to make money for the trail’s charity partner, Break, a charity working with children and young people on the edge of care, in care and leaving care.

The cows are removed at the end of the trail. Picture: Keith Heppell
The cows are removed at the end of the trail. Picture: Keith Heppell

These life-size sculptures start from £1,000 each, while two mini moos are ready to find their forever home from only £500.

The public were invited to vote for their favourite sculpture while all 90 cows were grazing in locations across Cambridge city centre this summer.

Almost 1,200 votes were cast and the results were as follows:

1. MooMoo-O-Tron III - 264 votes

The cow sculpture created by the artists Dinky Doors took top spot.

MooMoo-O-Tron III
MooMoo-O-Tron III

2. Cowbridges - 169 votes

Cowbridges
Cowbridges

3. Buttercup - 157 votes

Buttercup
Buttercup

4. Penny - 134 votes

Penny
Penny

5. Stardust - 123 votes

Stardust
Stardust

6. Moss Cow - 117 votes

Moss Cow
Moss Cow

7. Honey - 115 votes

Honey
Honey

8. May-Belle - 102 votes

May-Belle
May-Belle

“Every cow has its own personality. Which one would you choose to take home in aid of charity?” asked Charlie Langhorne, managing director and co-founder of event producers Wild in Art. “And which would resonate with your business or place of work?”

One of the popular sculptures, Penny, is a genuine cash cow, covered in coins to the value of £677.64.

Penny on the Cows about Cambridge art trail
Penny on the Cows about Cambridge art trail

The breakdown is as follows:

  • 2 pence pieces x 6046 = £120.92
  • 10 pence pieces x 5320 = £532
  • 5 pence pieces x 409 = £20.45
  • 1 pence pieces x 426 = £4.26

The auction will also feature a previously unseen sculpture, Bee Back Soon, by designer Sasha DeWitt, who became an artist in her mid-30s as a response to chronic illness.

Rachel Cowdry, CEO of Break, said: “We’re delighted to be the charitable beneficiaries of Cows about Cambridge.

“Break has been changing young lives across East Anglia for more than 50 years, and the money raised by the project will make a real difference to young people in Cambridge.

Stardust on the Cows about Cambridge art trail. Picture: RMG Photography
Stardust on the Cows about Cambridge art trail. Picture: RMG Photography

“At Break we believe that, whatever a child’s start in life, with the right care there’s no limit to what they can achieve. By supporting the Cows about Cambridge auction you will be ensuring that we can always be there, providing children with a healthy childhood and the life-long support they need to find their feet and enjoy a bright and successful future.”

All auction lots can be viewed in advance during a farewell weekend at The Grafton from September 17 to 19. Entry is free, with a suggested donation of £2.50 to Break.

Cowbridges, by Glynn Thomas, one of the Cows about Cambridge sculptures. Picture: Richard Marsham
Cowbridges, by Glynn Thomas, one of the Cows about Cambridge sculptures. Picture: Richard Marsham

The online auction will remain open for bids at cowsaboutcambridge.co.uk/auction until September 23, when celebrity auctioneer Charles Hanson will bring the hammer down during an in-person event at the Graduate Cambridge Hotel.

Cows about Cambridge’s principal partner is Cambridge BID, while the official travel partner is Thameslink.

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