By Robyn Collins
A pig-shaped statue of Ed Sheeran was part of a fundraiser for St. Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich recently and the English pop star, himself, placed the winning bid. The sculpture, which was named “Ed Sheer-ham,” went for $8,000.
Sheeran described the design as “awesome” before it went on the block, reports BBC News.
Before hospice staff confirmed that an “excited” Sheeran was the final bidder, there was speculation about whether he would, in fact, make the purchase.
“We were wondering if he would want to buy it,” says hospice staffer Rachel Backshall. “But then he said he would sign the pig for the winner – he was very good at keeping everyone guessing,”
The sculpture was one of 39 which formed the Pigs Gone Wild art trail in Ipswich. About 300 people attended the auction at Trinity Park in Ipswich, which raised £152,550 ($200,000 USD) for the hospice.