Maquette for famed Eric Morecambe sculpture sells for £6,000

A bronze sculpture of Eric Morecambe - one of only 10 made - has sold for £6,000 at auction.

Friday, 23rd April 2021, 2:49 pm

The bronze maquette of Eric Morecambe by Graham Ibbeson, made to secure the commission of the famous statue of the comedian that graces the Morecambe Bay seafront, was sold in Tennants Auctioneers Antiques and Interiors Sale on April 23.

Barnsley-born Ibbeson’s life-size statue of Eric Morecambe was unveiled in 1999 by Her Majesty the Queen.

It proved so popular, that in the first year after its unveiling extra visitor numbers to the seaside resort generated more than £1million in car parking fees alone.

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The Eric Morecambe maquette - only one of 10 made - has sold for £6,000 at auction. Photo by Harry Middleton.

The Statue is said to be the most photographed public sculpture in the North West of England and has continued to generate many millions of pounds for the resort over the past 22 years.

This bronze maquette measures just 38.5cm high and was the artist’s proof from Ibbeson’s private collection.

Only 10 bronzes were cast from the mould before it was destroyed.

Gold plated bronze casts of the maquette were used as a 'Comic Heritage Award' and recipients included Norman Wisdom, Victoria Wood, Thora Hird, and Bruce Forsyth.

The Eric Morecambe statue in Morecambe. A maquette made by the statue's sculptor Graham Ibbeson has sold for £6,000 at auction. Photo by Max Ibbeson.

Graham Ibbeson has been a professional sculptor since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1978.

His ability to capture the essence of a character with warmth and humanity sets him apart, and he has numerous public sculptures in towns around the UK including statues of Laurel and Hardy, Les Dawson, Dickie Bird and Cary Grant.

He is currently working on Barnsley’s Covid-19 memorial to commemorate the lives lost and recognise key workers, which will be inscribed with a dedication by Barnsley-born poet and broadcaster Ian McMillan.

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