At auction, Norfolk council suffers a loss due to the Queen's corgi sculptures

Corgi sculpture made of wicker

It has been revealed that the council sold off giant wicker corgis at a significant loss after purchasing them for £3,000 each.

Seven sculptures honoring the Queen's Platinum Jubilee cost £21,000 and were purchased by Broadland District Council.

The 6 feet (1.08 meters) long and 4 feet (1.22 meters) high statues were ordered last summer to form an arts trail, but four of them were sold at a charity auction for just over £500 each.

The council said that prior to its meeting on Thursday, it was unable to comment.

The sculptures were purchased in memory of the beloved pet of the late Queen Elizabeth II and put on display as part of the arts trail in Reedham, Thorpe St Andrew, Old Catton, Whitwell and Reepham Railway Station, Blickling Hall, Coltishall, and Little Plumstead.

The council, which is controlled by Conservatives, claimed that some of the money spent on them could be recovered by selling them later.

Corgi with John Fisher, chairman of the council
One of the corgis, which was on display in a number of locations throughout Norfolk, is shown here with John Fisher, the council chairman.

They eventually came to a fairly low price, according to councilwoman Caroline Karimi-Ghovanlou of the Liberal Democrats.

At the beginning of this month, four of the corgis were auctioned off, she said.

"They raised a total of $2,140, which was donated to Nelson's Journey, a very deserving charity that helps children who have lost a parent.

"The fact that they didn't receive the full cost of them back is my problem with that.

"In my opinion, the money could have been used more wisely. ".

King Charles has been gifted one of the other sculptures.

The first corgi owned by the Queen, Susan, inspired the name.

The wicker dog would be moving to the royal estate in Sandringham, in west Norfolk, according to Conservative councillor and deputy leader Trudy Mancini-Boyle, who made the announcement at a council meeting in December.

She said, "We have confirmation that Susan would love to be received by the royal household as a gift from the council in remembrance of our late Queen.

Additionally, Ms. Karimi-Ghovanlou stated that she was interested in knowing what the council intended to do with the two remaining corgis.

The Broadland District Council informed her that until the question was raised at a full council meeting later this week, it would not be able to respond.

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