Landmark strikes princely sum for wool

29 Aug, 2011 03:00 AM
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Feeling what $5000 woollen fabric feels like after the conclusion of the auction were Great Southern Merino Sheepbreeders Association president Jeremy King (left) and buyer Steve Squire, Landmark wool. The fabric was from AWI's
Feeling what $5000 woollen fabric feels like after the conclusion of the auction were Great Southern Merino Sheepbreeders Association president Jeremy King (left) and buyer Steve Squire, Landmark wool. The fabric was from AWI's "Fit for a Prince" campaign.

WA Merino breeders got their chance to secure a piece of Royal history at last week's Rabobank Katanning Sheep Show and Sale when a length of the "Fit for a Prince" fabric was auctioned.

The "Fit for a Prince" fabric was made from donations of wool from Australian woolgrowers collected through Australian Wool Innovations (AWI) to make Prince William's wedding gift suit.

After some spirited bidding and auctioneering the four metres of grey woollen cloth was knocked down at $5000 to Landmark Katanning wool representative Steve Squire, who was bidding on behalf of the Landmark wool department.

The piece of cloth was made in England by Taylor and Lodge and could be made into two pairs of trousers and a jacket.

Mr Squire said Landmark was keen to purchase the cloth because of its significance to Australian woolgrowers.

"We just wanted to be a part of the history, as it was a significant event for Australian woolgrowers, who donated wool for the cause," Mr Squire said.

"Also the money is going to the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) so that is also important."

The auction in Katanning followed several successful auctions in the Eastern States.

At the Australian Sheep and Wool Show dinner in Bendigo, a length of the fabric made $3600, while a wool exporters' carding dinner in Melbourne, a piece made $7000 and at the Hamilton Sheepvention a top of $4500 was recorded.

All proceeds from the suit fabric auctions are going to the RFDS.

Further lengths of the fabric will be sold off in the coming weeks at the National Merino Sheep Show ram sale in Dubbo, the wool week dinner in Melbourne and the Royal Adelaide Show Merino ram sale.

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