The 5ft by 5ft mosaic was created by Ed Chapman using purely materials from the Galt art and craft range. The piece was revealed on Galt Toys’ stand by Tim Wonnacott, with the auctioneer then officially starting an online charity auction. Over 30 bids were made on the piece, which uses products from the Galt Art Jar, Fun Buttons, Cotton Reels and Mosaic Masterpieces kits, as well as a variety of paints, crayons, pens and craft kits from Galt, which plans to donate the full amount raised to the Toy Trust charity.
John McDonnell, managing director at Galt Toys, commented: “We’d like to thank everyone who placed a bid on this iconic masterpiece and are over the moon that we’ve been able to raise such a substantial amount for the Toy Trust charity, which helps disadvantaged and disabled children in the UK and abroad. The bidding hasn’t stopped since the auction began and it has been hugely exciting to watch the bids go up and up over the last few days. The artwork was originally commissioned to help inspire children that the sky’s the limit when it comes to creating stunning pieces of art, but the funds raised through its sale will now be used to directly help disadvantaged children.”
The auction was won on Monday 27th January by Emma Messenger from Messenger Enterprise, owner of several Toymaster stores. Emma said: “The Marilyn portrait is a fantastic piece of art, which I just fell in love with the moment I set eyes on it at Toy Fair. We are so excited to have won the auction and are very pleased to be giving to the Toy Trust. We now look forward to displaying the artwork around all our stores, to inspire as many people as possible.”
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