18.09.23 – 18.09.23

Buy a Hare at Auction!

Place your bid for a chance to take home your favourite hare and raise funds for Clan Cancer Support.

The event will take place at the Music Hall in Aberdeen and will also be available online for those that wish to take part from further afield.

Bid now by clicking here!


Event details

18 September 2023

Aberdeen Music Hall

Buy your tickets to attend in-person below.

Tickets available here

Auction FAQs

When and where is the auction?

The auction will take place at The Music Hall in Aberdeen on Monday the 18th September. The auction starts at 6.00pm.

What size is the Hare?

Each Large Hare measures 1127 mm long, 610 mm wide and 1930 mm tall. The weight is 40 kg.

Each Medium Hare measures approximately 920mm tall.

What are the Hares made from?

The Hares are made from a mixture of class II fire retardant laminating resin and chopped roving fibreglass over an initial brushed – on layer of gel coat.

Is every sculpture unique?

Yes, each sculpture has been created by a professional artist.

Where can I view the Auction Catalogue?

The Auction Catalogue will be available to download (pdf) and via the online auction at around six weeks from the auction date.

Can I preview the lots in person?

You can preview the auction lots at the Big Hop Farewell Event on the 16th and 17th September at The Music Hall in Aberdeen. If you are interested in bidding at auction and would like to preview lots, please contact

Who is the auctioneer?

The auctioneer is Charles Hanson of  HANSONS AUCTIONEERS and VALUERS LTD.

How can I apply for tickets?

You can apply for tickets via the Big Hop website click here.

Who can attend?

All interested bidders aged 18+ are welcome to our auction. We hope to fill the auction room with people who are going to bid so that we can raise as much money as we can for Clan Cancer Support.

For families, or for people who are not able to bid but are interested in seeing the Hares all together, we advise that our Farewell Event is more suitable.

How do I bid for a Hare?

If your ticket application is successful and you wish to bid for a Hare, you will need to complete the Bidder Registration Form. This will be sent to you. Please return your Bidder Registration Form to or bring it with you on the night along with your ID. This will make the process easier on the night and you will be allocated a paddle.

If you don’t plan to make a bid but change your mind on the night, that’s okay too! Please refer to our Guide for Bidders and Terms and Conditions for more information.

If I am bidding on the night, what ID do I need to bring with me?

You must bring one form of ID which must include government-issued photo identification. If this does not state your current address, proof of address will also be required.

If you are bidding on behalf of an organisation, you must provide a copy of the certificate of incorporation, or, in the case of unregistered entities, other evidence satisfactory to Please contact us at for confirmation of what will be acceptable.

I can’t get to the auction, can I still bid?

Yes, you can bid online or place an absentee bid.

How do I bid online?

  1. Before the Auction

You will need to create an online bidding account with Wild in Art and register for the The Big Hop auction.

You can have a look through the auction lots and choose the Hare that you would like to bid on.

Participating in the auction on 18th September is easy. Make sure you are registered and approved to bid in advance so that you are ready to go.

If you would like to place an online bid for in advance, just enter the maximum amount you would be happy to pay for the lot. Your bid will be automatically executed for you as other bidders bid against you. You will be notified by email if your bid is outbid. If you want to increase your bid just enter your new bid and click the bid button.

Bids placed online in advance of the auction will then be executed on the night as part of the live auction so don’t forget to log in and watch the action on the night. If you are outbid by a bidder in the room, you will be able to increase you online bid as part of the live bidding on the night.


  1. During the Live Auction

Make sure you are logged in and ready to go before the auction starts.

When the auction starts you will be able to see a live stream of the auctioneer selling the lots as well as seeing a real-time feed of the current bid. When your lot comes up online, get ready to click the bid button! Auctions are fast paced so make sure you don’t miss out.

What is an Absentee Bid?

If you can’t attend the auction, you can still take part in the bidding by completing the Bidder Registration and Absentee Bid form available by emailing Please ensure this is returned to us at least 24 hours prior to the start of the auction.

You will need to pre-select which lots you would like to bid for and the amount you would like to bid. You will also be required to provide a copy of your passport/ driving license and proof of address. A member of the auction team will be authorised to bid on your behalf to your specified limit. If you are successful with your bid, you will be contacted after your chosen lot has closed to confirm your preferred payment method. Written bids will be executed at the lowest possible price.

Will you accept telephone bids?

We can facilitate telephone bids. Please complete the Bidder Registration and Absentee Bid form available by emailing Please ensure this is returned to us at least 24 hours prior to the start of the auction.

Event Partner to decide if they want to mention telephone bids or just manage if there are specific enquiries.

Will I pay VAT or commission on top of the hammer price?

No commission is added to the hammer price.

Is my successful bid gift aid-able?

No, it is not gift aid-able.

How much will the Hare be sold for?

There is no way of knowing how much each sculpture will achieve. However, if you are saving up for a Hare, based on previous similar trails, we expect (and hope) them to sell for at least £3000 and upwards.

If I’m successful, how can I pay for my Hare?

Clan will raise invoices for each successful Bid at the end of the Auction and these will be sent to the successful Bidders by hand/email. The invoice will show the Hammer Price to be to be paid, and identify the Lot purchased.

We will have the facility to take payment on the night using all major debit and credit cards.

If I’m successful, how will I get my Hare home?

All Hares must be collected or delivery can be arranged by Hellmann Worldwide Logistics ask for a quote for delivery cost.

If you would like to collect your Hare, you can do so from Wednesday 20th September until 22nd September – please email us at to book a time slot. Other dates are available on application.

You can arrange delivery via our shipping partner Hellmann Worldwide Logisitics. The team will be available on the night to confirm delivery costs and take bookings.


Can I buy a plinth for my Hare?

A small selection concrete plinths are available – price from £150 plus delivery.

Will my Hare be insured?

All lots are covered by Clan Cancer Support insurance until your payment has cleared. Once payment is cleared our insurance will cease and you will become the owner of the Hare and therefore responsible for any insurance cover.

Which charity will benefit from the auction proceeds?

Proceeds from the The Big Hop auction will go to Clan Cancer Support.

Can I buy a blank Hare sculpture?

Blank Hare sculptures, both large and small, are not currently available to buy. This is to protect the value of the Hare sculptures that will be auctioned to help raise funds for Clan Cancer Support.

Are any Hares not included in the auction?

All large Hares and five mini moon gazer hares, commissioned by artists, are included in the auction.

The 47 remaining mini moon gazer hares created by young people will not be auctioned and will be returned to the schools and groups that created them, as a legacy of the summer the Big Hop took over North East of Scotland, Moray and Orkney and Shetland Islands.

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