Suffolk

Ed Sheeran pig statue sells for £6,200

Ed Sheeran pig tribute Ed Sheer-Ham Image copyright Suffolk County Council
Image caption Phot-hog-graph: Ed Sheer-Ham took pride of place on the Ipswich trail

A pig-shaped statue of singer Ed Sheeran has sold for £6,200 at auction.

The porcine tribute to the star, dubbed Ed Sheer-Ham, was among 39 sculptures which had formed part of an art trail in Ipswich up for sale.

But the biggest hit of the night was a ceramic-inspired design, Ipswich Blue, which fetched the highest bid of £6,500.

In total, the auction, at Trinity Park in Ipswich, raised £152,550 for the town's St Elizabeth Hospice.

About 300 people attended the event, with others bidding online.

Follow the auction as it happened here

Sheeran, who backed the charity project, said the design was "awesome" and he hoped the model would be a "huge hit".

Other statues which had formed part of the Pigs Gone Wild trail included a tribute to the late David Bowie, which sold for £2,600.

Image copyright Pigs Gone Wild
Image caption Ipswich Blue fetched the highest bid of the evening
Image caption Piggy Stardust: This Bowie tribute sold for £2,600
Image copyright Pigs Gone Wild
Image caption Elvis Porksley left the building with a bidder who offered £2,800
Image copyright Pigs Gone Wild
Image caption Ham-let: This Shakespeare-inspired design fetched £3,100
Image caption Sir Bradley Piggins - painted by the same artist as the Ed Sheerham design - sold for £4,200
Image copyright Pigs Gone Wild
Image caption Frankenswine sold for £2,600
Image caption The auction was held in Ipswich

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