Has anyone seen Roger?

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alice street with roger

MYSTERY surrounds the whereabouts of one of Staple Hill’s most popular and famous former residents.

Roger, the 5ft sculpture, who stood proudly in Fountain Square this summer, was last seen at the Gromit Unleashed auction on October 3.

The rainbow-adorned Gromit raised an incredible £29,000 for Bristol Children’s Hospital.

But as his buyer wishes to remain anonymous, Gromit’s current location is classified information but he is sure to have gone to a loving home.

Roger was sponsored by kind-hearted Top to Bottom owner, Frank Francis, who donated nearly £6,000 to have the privilege of putting Gromit outside his shop during the summer.

Frank, who has been delighted with the crowds Roger drew to Staple Hill’s shopping area, was hoping to buy the statue himself.

“I put aside £15,000 so the Gromit could return to Fountain Square but the bidding went right up to £29,000,” he said.

“I was absolutely gutted but there was no way I was going to pay that especially with the risk he could get vandalised. 

“Roger has been brilliant for Staple Hill and he is greatly missed. The whole project has raised such a lot of money for Bristol’s Children Hospital. It’s been fantastic.”

The auction, which included 81 Gromits, some miniature varieties and some artwork, raised a whopping £2,357,000 for Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Appeal to support sick children at Bristol Children’s Hospital.

Sotheby’s auctioneer and TV antiques presenter Tim Wonnacott hosted the event which was broadcast over the internet.

Staple Hill’s Gromit was designed and decorated by Richard Williams,  the animation director of Disney’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

Roger was part of the Gromit Unleashed trail which saw 80 striking models of the famous animated dog hitting the streets of Bristol and South Gloucestershire this summer.

The figures had been designed and decorated by artists from across the UK and Europe including the renowned author and illustrator Sir Quentin Blake.

Celebrities, such as Joanna Lumley and One Direction’s Zayn Malik, also painted Gromits with iconic designers like Paul Smith and Cath Kidston putting their own unique touches to the sculptures.

How much they sold for:

1. Patch - £36,000

2. Grant’s Gromit - £36,000

3. Fish Tales - £20,000

4. Five a Day Dog - £22,000

5. Gromitasaurus - £24,000

6. Zodiac - £24,000

7. Lancelot - £22,000

8. Blossom - £24,000

9. Canis Major - £26,000

10. The Snow Dog - £32,000

11. Hound Dog - £28,000

12. Collarfull - £22,000

13. Why Dog, Why? - £18,000

14. Sugar Plum - £22,000

15. Dog Rose - £20,000

16. Salty Sea Dog - £32,000

17. Carosello - £16,000

18. The Secret Garden - £44,000

19. Butterfly - £20,000

20. Bark at Ee - £20,000

21. Bumble Boogie - £20,000

22. May Contain Nuts (& Bolts) - £30,000

23. aMazing Gromit - £24,000

24. It’s Kraken Gromit! - £18,000

25. Lodekka - £28,000

26. Roger - £29,000

27. Astro - £21,000

28. Gromit-o-Matic - £26,000

29. Doodles - £34,000

30. Malago - £24,000

31. Creature Comforts - £19,000

32. Bushed - £24,000

33. Sir Gromit of Bristol - £28,000

34. The King - £25,000

35. Gromberry - £32,000

36. Ship Shape and Bristol Fashion - £26,000

37. Jack - £36,000

38. Poochadelic - £25,000

39. Bristol Bulldog - £26,000

40. The Green Gromit - £26,000

41. A Mandrill’s Best Friend (* proceeds to Bristol Zoo Gardens) - £18,000

42. Hero - £26,000

43. Grosmos - £28,000

44. Stat’s the Way to do it, Lad! - £29,000

45. Watch Out Gromit! - £50,000

46. Harmony - £23,000

47. Paisley - £21,000

48. Vincent van Gromit - £25,000

49. Antique Rose - £30,000

50. Steam Dog - £26,000

51. Blazing Saddles - £21,000

52. Bunty - £31,000

53. Oops a Daisy! - £22,000

54. Golden Gromit - £30,000

55. Newshound - £50,000

56. The Wild West - £22,000

57. Nezhualcoyotl - £20,000

58. NewFoundLand - £30,000

59. Gromit - £35,000

60. Feathers - £25,000

61. Where’s Wallace? - £30,000

62. Isambark Kingdog Brunel - £36,000

63. Groscar - £28,000

64. Being Gromit Malkovich - £21,000

65. Gromit Lightyear - £65,000

66. Fiesta - £28,000

67. Grrrrrrromit - £26,000

68. The Grommalo - £26,000

69. National Treasure - £28,000

70. Eldoradog - £28,000

71. Grom Voyage! - £20,000

72. Two Eds are Better than One! - £23,000

73. Hullaballoon - £26,000

74. Gnashional Gromit - £28,000

75. TutanGromit I - £24,000

76. Poetry in Motion - £35,000

77. A Close Shave - £24,000

78. Gizmo - £32,000

79. Sheepdog - £23,000

80. What a Wind Up! - £25,000

81.
A Grand Day Out - £24,000

Gromit Pups (smaller Gromits)

82. Franz - £12,000

83. Bromit - £14,000

84. Bristol Gromit - £19,000

85. Countryside Gromit - £12,000

86. London Gromit - £14,000

87. York Gromit - £15,000

88. Seaside Gromit - £17,000

89. North East Gromit - £14,000

90. Lytham St Anne’s Gromit - £15,000

91. Blackpool Gromit - £13,000

92. Bristol Children’s Hospital Gromit - £21,000

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