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Southampton zebra sculptures charity auction raises £87k

Marwell zebras Image copyright Marwell Zoo
Image caption The larger zebras were decorated by professional artists

Life-sized zebra sculptures from an art trail in Southampton have sold for £87,550 at a charity auction.

The decorated sculptures were placed around the city though the summer by Marwell Wildlife to raise awareness of the endangered Grevy species.

The sale of 48 zebras included one which was stolen and later found in a garden in Shirley.

The trail was also marred by vandalism and the theft of another sculpture which was found in a river.

The highest bid was for Snappy by artist Michelle Heron, a the shark-themed zebra that sold for £4,000.

Image copyright Marwell Wildlife
Image caption "Ticket to Ride" was stolen from its plinth in Southampton and later found in the River Itchen
Image copyright Marwell Zoo
Image caption Money raised will support Marwell Wildlife’s work with the endangered Grevy species and other wildlife in Africa

The trail also featured 103 smaller sculptures, designed and decorated by local school children.

The miniature zebras are being auctioned online until 25 October.

Money raised will fund Grevy's zebra conservation efforts in Africa.

A similar sculpture trail and auction in 2013 involving 36 rhinos raised £124,700.

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Image caption The zebras arrived in the city in the summer to form an art trail

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