Wednesday, 30 May 2007

* 'Big Boobies' sell at auction

A comedy painting featured in hit show 'Allo 'Allo has sold for £4,000 - with the proceeds going to charity.

The work, titled The Fallen Madonna With The Big Boobies, was hung in character Rene Artois's French cafe in the series. In one episode he had to hide it inside his trousers to keep it from the Gestapo.

In 1992, when the classic came to the end of its run, set designer Shaun Moore took it away and gave it pride of place in hit own home.

He recently decided to auction it for a charity that provides for children's education in Oxfordshire.

Actually, the painting was probably worth more than £4,000 in publicity. I remember, some years ago, I had a sketch of a nude by Sir Anthony Blunt (The Queen’s Keeper of Pictures and Soviet spy) in an auction in Hitchin. The picture only made a few hundred pounds, but we got tons of publicity including a quarter page in the Independent on Sunday, a mention in The Sun and local papers as well as a television crew filming the auction.

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