“Potter” Stars’ “Paddington” Statues Help Raise Over $1.4 Million for Charity!
We previously posted that Potter stars Emma Watson and Julie Waters, as well as British audiobook narrator Stephen Fry, had designed bears for the Paddington Trail, a charity effort where celebrities designed bears that were placed around London and later auctioned for charity.
In December, Potter producer David Heyman, who also served as the producer for Paddington, hosted an auction at Christie’s to auction off 15 of these lively statues to benefit the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. An additional online auction was also hosted, together raising over $1.4 million for the charity’s Childline service.
Julie Waters’s “Primrose Paddington” was auctioned online, so the exact amount her bear sold for is unknown, but the sale of her design did contribute to the $486,000 raised by the online auction. At the Christie’s auction in December, Emma Watson’s “Flutterby” bear raised an impressive $17,000. Stephen Fry’s bear does not appear to be among those statues made available for public auction and was likely one of those purchased by a private bidder or donated to NSPCC for their own fundraising events. You can view all three statues in our previous post right here.
Paddington is now playing in theaters!