Gilgamesh online auction

by admin on June 5, 2014

Welcome to our online auction!

To coincide with our fantastic Gilgamesh event, we’re opening the live “on the night” auction to online bidding beforehand – so that you can bid on some very special items.

The highest online bid for each item received before the online auction closes on Wednesday June 18 5.30pm, will then be taken forward as the opening bid that starts the live auction at Gilgamesh the next day. Please read our guidance about postage and the auction process at the bottom of this page.

How to bid

Take a look at our Lots below then simply email Nicky at nvyvyanrobinson[at] with the Lot number and your bid amount or call 07778 313250 (8.30am-5.30pm only) with your bid.

The highest bid received will be updated here every day at 6.30pm, so please keep checking back.

Lot 1 Manchester United Exclusive Entertainment Package

Kindly donated by Jill Glazer

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An exclusive package for the two lucky winners of this auction lot.  The package includes a home game at Old Trafford during the 2014-2015 season.  The two guests will be seated in the Europa suite, which is in the heart of the famous South Stand. A Europa seat places you closer to the Directors’ Box and the dignitaries that will be enjoying the action with you.  The suite is frequented by many Manchester United former players and from here you will witness the ‘man of the match’ presentation, a unique experience for all football fans.

A four-course meal before the match will be followed by a pre-match warm up with guest speaker or entertainer.  There will be complimentary refreshments at half time and post match, the chance to meet your Manchester United hosts and ex players and your memories of a special day will be captured by a professional photographer.

Reserve: £500

Lot 2 Original painting by Pam Ayres, one of the UK’s most-loved poets

Mounted, framed and signed, the piece measures 52 cm (w) x 43 cm (h) pampic1

Kindly donated by Pam Ayres

Pam Ayres has been one of Britain’s best loved entertainers for over 35 years since her appearance on Opportunity Knocks on 1975.  Best known as a comedian and poet, Pam is also a TV presenter and songwriter.  Many British children will have been brought up with her iconic poem “Oh, I wish I’d looked after me teeth!”

Earlier this year, Pam was deeply  moved to hear about the Nanning rescue and the state of the bears who currently live there.  She was inspired to write the very beautiful Moon Bear song, which brilliantly captured situation of captive moon bears.

Pam says:

“Frenzied bidding war anticipated from major international galleries. Bid now and save Pam’s husband from having to buy it himself!”

Pam will be tweeting about her painting, please follow her on twitter to find out more @PamAyres

Highest Bid so far: £200

Lot 3 Manchester United shirt, signed by members of the 2013/14 team

Kindly donated by Jill Glazer


A fabulous opportunity to own a large Manchester United shirt, signed by members of the 2013/14 team, including Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand, Wilfried Zaha, Patrice Evra, Ashley Young, Michael Carrick  and many more.  The shirt is offered in an exclusive Manchester United presentation box.

Reserve £500

Lot 4 Two-week holiday on the stunning island of Bequia in St Vincent and Grenadines

Kindly donated by Richard and Katie Brindle


Two-week stay at the beautiful “New Eden” property on the stunning island of Bequia in St Vincent and the Grenadines, set in the grounds of Sir Anthony Eden’s original home. The house was built to international acclaim by UK architects, with sensitivity to the natural location and a commitment to ecological principles.

New Eden Villa is a stunning open style Beach House on the coral sands of Friendship Bay Beach. The main house has 4 bedrooms and can sleep up to 8 people (with two extra fold-out beds). There is a large BBQ and beach terrace area, huge private balconies, hammocks and a tropical terraced garden.

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The house is furnished and fitted to a luxury standard and provides the perfect mix of privacy and comfort for the ultimate relaxing holiday. There is also a newly built pool.  The house has a cook, cleaner and gardener.

Further details can be found on the website

The prize must be used within 18 months and will be subject to existing bookings (the Easter and Xmas/New Year periods are unavailable). Does not include flights and other transport to the island or on the island or travel insurance.

Reserve: £2,000

Lot 5 Beverley Glock’s ‘one to one’ voucher

Kindly donated by Beverley Glock

Beverley Glock

Beverley Glock is a food writer, author and broadcaster.  Beverley has appeared on various TV cookery shows, writes for numerous foodie and family magazines and founder of Beverley Glock Cookery School and Splat Cooking Parties.

Beverley’s philosophy is to encourage families to cook together, eat together and share together, that way food is a family activity and everyone helps create wholesome, delicious meals … eat, cook, share.

This gift voucher is for a 3-hour ‘One to One’ class in Princes Risborough (from October onwards).  Find out more on Beverley’s website:

Reserve    £200

Lot 6 Stunning sculpture of Peter bear by award-winning sculptor Nick Mackman

Kindly donated by Nick Mackman

Measures: 47cm (W) x 37cm (H) Raku-fired glaze


Nick Mackman is an award-winning sculptor of ceramic and bronze animal sculptures. She has been widely exhibited and her  animal sculptures have found homes with, amongst others, John Cleese, Dame Judi Dench, Chris Packham, David Shepherd and Viscountess Serena Linley.

She aims to give each animal sculpture its own personality. Many of her subjects are highly endangered and she seeks to enlighten us to their beauty, humour and tenderness.  In 2011, Nick became interested in the work of Animals Asia and has very generously donated this beautiful sculpture of Peter bear, rescued to our China sanctuary in January 2012 and named after Animals Asia’s UK Ambassador, Peter Egan.

Nick explains:

A few years ago, when I was researching for a moon bear sculpture, I came upon images of bear bile farming and felt sick to my stomach. In amongst these photos was a picture of Jill Robinson holding the paw of a wretched bear in a tiny cage. Finding out about the work Animals Asia does to stop bear bile farming compelled me to get in touch and offer my support. By donating this, my third moon bear sculpture specially made for Animals Asia, I feel we are really making a difference.

Like thousands of other Animals Asia supporters I was deeply moved by the bear rescues last year. These beautiful bears had come from such a desperate place and yet they hadn’t given up and through Animals Asia they went on to discover a new life in Chengdu. I chose Peter Bear for he has such a gentle face and demeanour and his incredible stoicism touched my heart.”

Reserve: £1,000


To bid simply email Nicky at nvyvyanrobinson[at] with the Lot number and your bid amount or call her on 07778 313250 (8.30am-5.30pm only) with your bid.

The auction opens at 11am on Wednesday June 11, 2014 and closes at 5.30pm on Wednesday June 18, 2014.

Still time to book the last few tickets for the Gilgamesh evening and bid live in the room, call our office on  01579 347148

Auction rules:  By bidding, you are stating that you are willing to purchase the item for your bid amount, plus shipping charges. If you are outbid, or your bid does not meet the item’s reserve price, you are under no obligation to buy.  But in all other cases, you are entering a contract with Animals Asia to buy the item and to make your payment within ten (10) working days of this auction closing. Your bids are final and non-retractable.

Postage and packing: As a charity, please be aware that Animals Asia needs to add postage and packing charges for items that are won. We cannot provide details of what these will be, as our auction is open to international bidders and it is not possible to give precise postage costs because of this but please be assured we will find the cheapest and safest way for your item to reach you.

Payment: After the close of bids Animals Asia will contact the winning bidders to arrange payment and shipment. We can accept cheques, bank transfers and credit/debit cards. Payment must be made within ten (10) working days of this auction closing.

Queries and further information: If you have any specific questions about the auction process or a particular item, please email us at  nvyvyanrobinson[at] and we will do our best to assist you.


     UK events - empath-e mainlogoThanks to Mike and Tracie Spragg of Empath-e for their kind sponsorship of our Gilgamesh evening, where the live auction will take place.



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