‘Rehome the gnome’ as Dumpty goes under the hammer

Nigel Blagburn of Alnwick Auctions with Dumpty the gnome.
Nigel Blagburn of Alnwick Auctions with Dumpty the gnome.

A giant gnome is going under the hammer at the end of the month to raise money in memory of a little boy who died earlier this year.

Colourful character Dumpty has become something of a celebrity after a string of eye-catching public appearances, including a stint outside of the Northumberland Gazette office.

Now, the friendly figure, who stands at more than 11-feet tall, will be going up for sale at Alnwick Auctions on Sunday, November 29.

Proceeds from the lot will go towards paying for the headstone of Aidan Jackowiak Smith, who had the complex genetic disorder Cloves Syndrome, suffering swelling to his face and body. The Alnwick lad died in May, aged four, after suffering respiratory failure.

Nigel Blagburn, of Alnwick Auctions, said: “We want to rehome the gnome. He is very quirky and we don’t get many gnomes through the doors, otherwise we would have to inform elf and safety.

“There is no set price so he will go for what he goes for, but we hope he fetches a good price as it is all in aid of Aidan.

“He is outside the auction house every day – although we bring him in at night – and he is very much an eye-catcher and everyone loves him.”

Dumpty, created by Alnwick-based stonemason and builder Ivan Laidler, was damaged during his stay outside the Gazette last month. Thankfully, he has recovered from the ordeal.

Nigel said: “Dumpty is all repaired and back to normal. He is ready to go and waiting for a new home.”

Dumpty is one of a number of items going under the hammer on November 29. The auction starts at noon, with viewing from 10am. Nigel said: “This will be a big sale with lots of items, including catering equipment and old furniture.”

Visit alnwickauctions.co.uk to view the catalogue.