ConFuzzled donates £6,200 after £2,000 bid for tablecloth
The final auction item was a piece of tablecloth art by guest of honour TaniDaReal. Starting at £50, the price rose swiftly, fueled by a bidding war between ConFuzzled staff member Colifox and U.S. fur Beshon, ending only with the latter's bid of £2,000 (US$2,962).
The piece came from TaniDaReal's dealer's table, and was sold after selling everything else on the table.
Also of note was the right to feed big cats in a private reserve, won by Kivuli for £550 ($814). The reported auction total was £7,789 ($11,650) [Alex Grey/FurteanTimes], of which £5,248 was for charity.
In total, the convention raised £6,200 ($9,200). Those submitting works to the auction could choose the percentage going to charity – the tablecloth was 100%. Additional money was brought in from dealers table payments and charity-provided dealer goods.
The event attracted 346 furs from seventeen countries in its first year at a hotel, nearly double last year's total of 182.
ConFuzzled donated £1,610 in 2008 and £2,000 in 2009. In total, furry conventions raised nearly half a million dollars for charity over 2000-2009.
Update 2 (18 May): Added recalculation of charity totals from ConFuzzled treasurer Nall.