LIONS ROAR GOODBYE
The Lions Roar Goodbye Auction Preview weekend was a roaring success, with lion fans of all ages heading to Lion HQ in Windsor to see the supersized lion and cub sculptures displayed in one giant pride for the last time before the charity gala auction on 28th November.
LION BIDDING IS NOW LIVE - Visit the online auction site at UK Auctioneers to see all of the lion lots, photos and estimates. Once registered, you can place bids for your favourite lions and cubs from anywhere in the world. The bids will then be fed into the live auction on 28th November.
West End & Lion King star David Albury who will be performing at the auction, here with Lifelion's super-talented artist MrASingh.
CHARITY AUCTION - Thursday 28 November - Runnymede on Thames Hotel & Spa
Join us at the live auction for an exciting night of lion bidding and entertainment at the Runnymede on Thames Hotel & Spa on Thursday 28th November. The stunning pride of beautifully decorated lion sculptures will be on display and auctioned by Christie's Business Director Hugh Creasy. The evening will be hosted by actor and BBC Radio 4 panellist Tim Brooke-Taylor OBE, with live entertainment from West End stars David Albury and Cherelle Williams.
Please see the Auction page of the website for bidder registration forms and further information. To book tickets and experience the excitement of the live lion auction, or if you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
'Carter' decorated by Aaron Stephens for Carters Steam Fair has a real gold leaf mane and was displayed opposite the entrance to Windsor Castle. Carter is Lot 5 in the charity auction on 28th November.
Lions of Windsor merchandise and Souvenir programmes are available from the Lion shop in the ex-Fenwick store in Windsor Yards (by Busy Buttons and Lakeland, SL4 1TF). See the Shop page for details and to order online.
Lions of Windsor & Maidenhead 2019
The Lions of Windsor & Maidenhead 2019 public art event featured a stunning pride of 46 supersized lion sculptures displayed across the Royal Borough from August to November to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria and raise funds for local charities.
The magnificent lion sculptures were sponsored a wide range of businesses and decorated by some of the world's leading artists and designers, including fashion designer Dame Zandra Rhodes, Christian Lacroix designer Craig Wheatley and descendants of French impressionist Camille Pissarro, Lelia and Lyora Pissarro. A mini-pride of cute lion cubs was decorated by local schools.
As well as delighting thousands of residents and visitors and bringing colour, fun and art to the streets, the event also aims to highlight the plight of lions, which are now more endangered than polar bears, with only 15,000 left in the wild.
Lions were displayed in Windsor, Eton, Ascot, Old Windsor, Datchet and Maidenhead and Lion Trail maps were available from display locations across the region.
We hope you had a roarsome safari!
The King of the Beasts has symbolised courage, nobility, royalty, strength, stateliness and valour and been a popular royal heraldic image for centuries. William the Conqueror is thought to have brought the House of Normandy arms, depicting two lions on a red background to England in 1066.
‘Richard the Lionheart’ then added a third lion during his reign from 1189-99. The three golden lions on a scarlet background has represented the English throne and are still featured on England's Royal Coat of Arms to this day, making lions an ideal choice for this public art sculpture trail to celebrate Queen Victoria's 200th anniversary.
Lions in the wild
Over the past 50 years, wild lion numbers in Africa have decreased from over 200,000 to less than 15,000 today and they live in just 8% of their former habitat. The shocking news is that lions are now more endangered than polar bears. Please see Lion Aid for further details and join their campaign to stop lion trophy hunting.
Bid to Support the Charities
If you would like to help us raise funds for the fantastic Lions of Windsor & Maidenhead 2019 charities, please consider placing a bid for your favourite lions or cubs. Although we hope they will fetch as much as possible, there are likely to be a few bargains too!
See the auction catalogue and place your bid now at the online auction website UK Auctioneers.