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Gromit statues in Hong Kong auctioned for hospitals

Year of Gromit by Ashley Boddy in Hong Kong Image copyright Gromit Unleashed Hong Kong
Image caption The money raised will be divided between Art in Hospital in Hong Kong and Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal

Seventy new statues of cartoon dog character Gromit have been auctioned for charity - this time in Hong Kong.

The uniquely decorated sculptures raised a total of 573,000 Hong Kong dollars (£45,000).

Money will be split between Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal - Bristol Children's Hospital charity - and Art in Hospital, in Hong Kong.

The highest bid was for Nick Parks' 'Sweet Dreams' design, which fetched HK$120,000 (£9,500).

The sale of 81 sculptures for the appeal last year raised more than £2.3m to fund an expansion of Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.

The Gromit Unleashed Hong Kong auction was the first of its kind to take place outside the UK and follows an exhibition of the new sculptures this summer at Elements Mall.

The exhibition took its inspiration from the Gromit Unleashed public arts trail in Bristol.

The trail attracted visitors from numerous countries across Europe, the Americas and Asia.

Image copyright Gromit Unleashed Hong Kong

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