Gromit charity figures in eBay sale

New merchandise for the hugely popular Gromit Unleashed arts trail will feature in an online auction next week.

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Miniature versions of the Gromit Unleashed arts trail figurines are to be sold on eBay for charity

New merchandise for the hugely popular Gromit Unleashed arts trail will feature in an online auction next week.

Hundreds of people have queued for up to five hours to buy hand-painted Gromit figurines since their launch in the summer.

Demand for the figures, which are miniature versions of 5ft-high sculptures decorated by celebrities and designers, has shown no sign of abating.

The Gromit Unleashed trail attracted 1.2 million visitors to Bristol and later raised £2.3 million for Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal, which supports Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.

Nicola Masters, director at the Grand Appeal, said: "We are absolutely amazed by the continuing response to Gromit Unleashed and we're doing everything we can to meet the demand for figurines.

"More stock of figurines will be available before Christmas and we will continue to produce many more of all existing styles throughout 2014 as well as releasing some new sensational new designs.

"The online auction is the festive icing on the cake to celebrate the success of Gromit Unleashed and give people a chance to bid on a brilliant and unique range of one-off artwork and memorabilia.

"We want to thank all our artists and supporters for their ongoing support and for helping to raise funds for thousands of sick babies and children from Bristol and across the region."

On Friday, people began queuing at the Gromit Unleashed shop at Cribbs Causeway in Bristol at 1.30am in order to buy a figurine.

There were 400 people in the queue by 8am, with more joining after the shop opened at 9.30am.

The online auction will begin on eBay at 10am on December 11 and finish on December 18.

All funds raised by Gromit Unleashed go towards the charity's appeal to support the expansion of Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.