Sculptures displayed in the athletes’ village of London’s Olympic Park are to be offered at auction.
The eight large contemporary works will go under the hammer at statuary specialists Summers Place Auctions of Sussex (in association with Sotheby's) on October 23.
Highlights include a large bronze gorilla by wildlife sculptor David Cooke (b.1970) estimated at £6000-10,000. The 5ft 11in (1.80m) silverback proved a favourite among athletes such as diver Tom Daley and tennis player Maria Sharapova, who posed for pictures posted on Twitter beside the sculpture.
Wilfred Pritchard's (b.1970) Backflip, a 10ft 10in (3.30m) high bronze of a skeleton on a gymnast's horse situated outside the Cuban residence at the athletes village, is estimated at £15,000-20,000, and a giant Galapagos tortoise, one of an edition of nine, at £10,000-15,000.
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