London's incredible book benches

Updated October 8, 2014:

Do you remember how those really cool painted book benches inspired by British literature took over the streets of London this past summer? Well, they are the gifts that keep on giving. The benches have been sold for charity and have raised more than £250,000 (nearly $450,000 CAD), the Guardian reports.

The benches were auctioned off by Sotheby's in London on Tuesday. The bench with the highest individual bid of £9,500 ($17,000 CAD) was a Jeeves and Wooster bench painted by Gordon Allum. Other hot commodities were the benches inspired by James Bond, England's beloved superspy created by Ian Fleming, and children's novel War Horse, which both fetched £9,000 (around $16,000 CAD).

The benches, which were a public art project between the National Literary Trust and Wild in Art, proved to be quite popular. London residents and tourists shared their photos of the benches on social media. Indeed, a couple of the benches, including the Paddington Bear one, were involved in successful marriage proposals!

Here's a closer look at some of the benches that were on display.