Charity Auctions


Much-loved Elmer has been turned into a 3D canvas for artists. Transformed into 140+ unique pieces of art, Elmer sculptures currently on parade in cities across the UK are available to purchase at upcoming charity auctions.

One of the most iconic and widely read children’s book series of all time, Elmer was written and illustrated by celebrated children’s author and artist David McKee. His famous patchwork elephant is spreading positive messages of inclusivity, courage and friendship on visually stunning art trails – and now it’s your chance to own a piece of Elmer history.

classic elmer close-up


Stand out from the crowd with a 1.1-metre-tall Elmer sculpture in your collection. Made of lightweight, fire resistant fibreglass, each sculpture has been adorned with a one-off design by artists ranging from well-known names to as yet undiscovered – until now. Designs are diverse; from traditional to new media, fine art to illustrations, graffiti and mosaic.

2019 Auction Dates

Don’t worry if you can’t attend in person – just let us know if you’d like to place an absentee (proxy) bid or would like to bid by telephone. Online bidding is also available.

Thursday 3 October

Sculptures from the mammoth Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk go under the hammer in aid of St Elizabeth Hospice.

Wednesday 9 October

Elmer’s Big Parade Plymouth concludes its spectacular art event by auctioning sculptures to raise funds for St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth.

Tuesday 12 November

The handsome herd from Elmer’s Great North Parade go to auction to raise money for St Oswald’s Children’s Hospice.


A colourful talking point in your nursery or playroom? A beloved book character to bring cheer to a business reception? A feel-good sculpture that will look just as at home in a garden as it will an indoor foyer, Elmer is available in more than 140 designs.

They have been curated by the different art trails to offer something for everyone. Each sculpture is looking for a new home and generous bidders to raise tonnes of money so that the net proceeds can help its local hospice.

Take a look at all the auction lots and register to buy at:

Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk

Elmer’s Big Parade Plymouth

Elmer’s Great North Parade 

Thank you for your interest and supporting our charities. And good luck at the auctions!

Elmer's Big Art Parades 2019

Elmer's Big Art Parades 2019