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Superlambanana donated to museum

Mandy Mandala the superlambanana
Mandy Mandala attracted the highest bids in the auction

The most popular superlambanana at an auction of the iconic sculptures has been donated to a Liverpool museum by one of the city's most famous sons.

Phil Redmond, creator of Brookside, Grange Hill and Hollyoaks, bought Mandy Mandala at a recent charity auction of 170 superlambananas for 25,000.

Now the creative director of Capital of Culture events, Mr Redmond has handed her to World Museum Liverpool.

Mandy will move to the Museum of Liverpool when it opens in 2010/11.

Mr Redmond bought three of the sculptures with the intention of donating them to museums in the city.

Mandy was designed by artists Patricia Lee with the communities of Granby, Dingle and Toxteth. Her patterns are based on a mandala - a symbol of peace, hope and unity.

Now Mandy is owned by the people of Liverpool
David Fleming, director of National Museums Liverpool

David Fleming, director of National Museums Liverpool, said: "National Museums Liverpool was determined to acquire at least one superlambanana at the charity auction for our collections.

"We didn't want to see all of them disappear from public view into private hands after all the excitement they generated during 2008.

"Imagine our dismay when the bidding for Mandy went beyond our reach, and imagine our delight when Phil and Alexis Redmond stepped in and ensured that Mandy was bought on our behalf! Now Mandy is owned by the people of Liverpool.

"I am sure she will bring delight to museum visitors for generations to come, as a reminder of the invasion of our streets by these extraordinary creatures."

Mandy was among the 125 of the sculptures on display during Go Superlambanana 2008, which was visited by 40,000 people in Liverpool.

The auction of more than half of them raised 550,000 with a large proportion of the money going to the Lord Mayor's charities.

The original yellow Superlambanana, designed by Japanese artist Taro Chiezo, stands on the corner of Tithebarn Street and Vauxhall Road.

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