Poppies from Tower of London for Sale
The ceramic poppies at the Tower of London were part of an art installation called “Blood-Swept Lands and Seas of Red” by artist Paul Cummins and stage designer Tom Piper.
It consisted of 888,246 ceramic poppies, each representing a British or Commonwealth military fatality during World War I and attracted five million visitors.
This art installation of poppies was displayed in the Tower of London’s moat from July to November 2014.
The project marked the centenary of the outbreak of World War I and poppies were installed progressively over the months, creating a visually stunning and powerful sea of red.
The final poppy was planted on November 11, 2014, to coincide with Armistice Day.
You can watch many other marvelous, catchy exhibitions and events at the Tower of London, like the opening ceremony, Beefeater (Yeoman Warder’s welcome) or the Crown Jewel Exhibition. Come check these out!
The Iconic Ceramic Poppies Tower of London is for Sale!
The Tower of London’s ceramic poppies were made available for purchase after the exhibition.
The net proceeds and 10% of each sale went to various charities (six service charities, including Help for Heroes and the Royal British Legion), supporting veterans and their families.
Originally sold for £25 for the charitable initiative, this art installation of poppies is now being advertised on Gumtree for exorbitant amounts.
Tower of London Ceramic Poppy for Sale at a Huge Price
Last year’s acclaimed art installation of ceramic poppies at the Tower of London has found its way onto the resale market, with prices soaring to as much as £350 each.
Paul Cummins, the artist behind this poignant creation titled “Blood-Swept Lands and Seas of Red,” expressed disappointment at the resale.
A controversy sparked, as the original intention was to raise funds for charitable causes related to military service, not to accrue profit.
Gumtree, the trading platform where the poppies are being resold, stated that they would not intervene unless there were legal violations in the advertisements.
As of now, multiple sellers on Gumtree have listed these ceramic poppies for resale, with prices at £175.
One ambitious seller even boasts four poppies, asking for £350 each, while potential buyers are willing to pay up to £250.
The website clarified its stance. It emphasizes that they do not support profiteering from selling charitable items. They would intervene only in illegal advertisements that pose a potential safety risk to customers.
Hence, Paul Cummins’ disappointment in the situation of the re-sale of the poppies for personal profit is justified as it contradicts the very essence of the installation.
The controversy surrounding the resale of these symbolic poppies echoes a similar situation from last year, when eBay took action against listings attempting to sell artifacts from the art installation.
The unfolding narrative prompts reflection on the overlap of art, charity, and the complexities of the resale market.
How much are Tower of London poppies worth?
The project’s primary focus, the art installation of the ceramic poppies, was to commemorate the centenary of World War I and raise funds for charity.
However, these poppies are recently in the news because of their resale value and higher prices, reaching up to £350.
They were originally sold for £25 each as part of a charitable initiative.