The Fallen Madonna With The Big Boobies

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Hands up everyone who remembers the BBC sitcom ‘Allo ‘Allo. Well the portrait made famous by the show sold at the weekend for £15,000. “The Fallen Madonna With The Big Boobies” was painted by the totally fictitious artist Van Clomp and was one of the main running jokes of the show which ran from 1982 to 1992. The infamous prop previously sold in 2007 for £4,000 to a private buyer. Auctioneer Andy Stowe, said the latest buyer was from Nouvion in France where the series was set so “it was going home”.

The priceless but elusive masterpiece was the centrepiece to every episode of the classic sitcom. Stolen and relentlessly pursued by the Germans, the artwork was rolled into German sausages, shoved down trouser legs and singed by an exploding gilded frame intended as a gift for Adolf Hitler.

Described as “a rare and important piece of British sitcom history” the prop was one of the few copies of the picture to have survived all nine series of the show. Mr Stowe, from East Bristol Auction House in Hanham, said: “I’ve been overwhelmed by the amount of interest. And £15,000 for a TV prop is just fantastic. It’s sold for more than most real artworks go for – there are Old Masters that can’t get that amount.”

Set in a café in Nouvion in German-occupied France during World War Two, ‘Allo ‘Allo poked fun at the Gestapo, French Resistance and the British.

Mr Stowe said: “We had 25 bidders from all over the world but it was a chap from Nouvion in France, the place where the show was set, that got it. It’s the best result, the painting is effectively going home.”

The painting had an estimate of between £5,000 and £10,000.

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Lord Davidd of Birko OBE DASc

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26 Comments on “The Fallen Madonna With The Big Boobies”

  1. Better beat Southport then hadn’t we ? If we do beat Southport? Then Tranmere should come up with some sort of voucher system for Spurs ? Cash in on the once a season , glory hunters .

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