Life-sized fiberglass cows that appeared on New York streets during this summer's CowParade have raised $1.35 million for charity at auction, organizers said Friday.
Some 700 people attended the CowParade auction Thursday featuring 75 of the fake bovines. "Tiffany Cow" fetched the top price of $60,000, organizers said in a statement. "Cowdiva" sold for $48,000, "Cow Girl" went for $36,000 and "Magic Cow" for $6,000.
Nearly 200 other cows are for sale during the online portion of the auction that began Friday. It lasts through Oct. 20. Among the cows for sale online are "Cowmuuuter," "Cowleidescope" and, of course, "Survivor Cow," which was signed by the cast of the hit summer CBS-TV series, "Survivor."
Money from Thursday night's auction goes to various New York charities such as the City Parks Foundation, Hale House, Citymeals-on-wheels and the Center for Arts Education.
The CowParade began in Zurich in 1998 and moved to Chicago in 1999.
This summer, 500 fiberglass cows festooned with everything from flags to subway maps were displayed all over New York.