‘CELEBRITY SMURFS’ GAIN 124.700 EURO FOR UNICEF !
For the 50th anniversary of the Smurfs, 15 ‘Celebrity Smurfs’ were auctioned off in Brussels Town Hall yesterday. The total benefit of this auction, held in favour of UNICEF, sums up to 124.700 euro.
Smurf Top 3
To celebrate 50 years of creativity the Smurfs set off for a Happy Smurfday Euro Tour in the beginning of this year. Since then the Smurfs have visited no less than 15 European cities. In each country a special ‘Celebrity Smurf’ was created. Yesterday, on the actual birthday of the Smurfs, these ‘Celebrity Smurfs’ were auctioned off in favour of UNICEF. The highest bid went to the Surprise Smurf (14.000 euro), a unique black Smurf signed by Peyo’s family. Schtroumpf Sympathix, a creation of Albert Uderzo (13.000 euro) and the United Smurf of Benetton (12.000 euro) complete this top 3. ‘Rester Femme’, designed by Axelle Red and the only Smurfette in the gallery was worth 4.500 euro.
Total benefit for UNICEF
Also during the Happy Smurfday Euro Tour, little white Smurf figurines have been sold in favour of UNICEF. More than 30.000 were sold, good for a total revenue of more than 150.000 euro. In total more than 274.700 euro goes to UNICEF, and as such the Smurfs contribute to UNICEF’s educational programs.
SMURF FOR ALL, ALL FOR SMURF
50 Years of Smurfs - 10/06/2008 > 16/11/2008
Fifty years after their birth, the Smurfs remain among the most popular characters ever created by a Belgian comic strip author.
Born out of Peyo’s imagination, they made their début in Spirou Journal in the autumn of 1958, in a Johan et Pirlouit story: “La flûte à six trous”. To honour this anniversary – which is celebrated the world over – the Belgian Comic Strip Centre will invite visitors to consider Peyo’s work from a new and original angle: it is because of their individual weaknesses that the Smurfs discover their strength…Through numerous exceptional documents lent by Peyo’s family, the exhibition aims to show its visitors how the work of this comic-strip legend – a true alchemy of clarity, lucidity and effectiveness supported by a base of sincere storytelling – has followed the writers of tales of days gone by.