Tablecloth smashes ConFuzzled auction record
In 2008, the British furry convention ConFuzzled raised £1,600 for charity. In 2009, ConFuzzled raised £2,000 for charity. Today – less than an hour ago – ConFuzzled smashed that record with only one item.
The item, a tablecloth with artwork by guest of honour TaniDaReal had a starting bid of £50, which quickly exploded into the hundreds and then the thousands. In a bidding war that lasted several minutes between staff member Colifox and American furry fan Beshon, the bids finally jumped from £1,800 to £2,000 and ConFuzzled history was made for the largest bid paid for any item in an auction.
The same record was broken just a few bids earlier, with the opportunity for an exclusive chance to feed big cats in a non-public reserve in Kent – owned and operated by the Wildlife Heritage Foundation, this year's charity – going for £550, which was won by a young fursuiter named Kivuli.
The auction as a whole raised £7,789, nearly four times as the previous year, of which £5,052 went to charity; following the addition of items sold in the Dealer's Den, the amount going to charity totalled £7,501.
This year's ConFuzzled has been a record breaking year. The convention has posted 90% growth on 2009's event (giving rise to the belief that it's the fastest growing convention in the world - at current projections it would be the largest in Europe within three years) and it retains its place as the convention with the highest ratio of fursuiters.