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1) Famous ‘Fallen Madonna With The Big Boobies’ painting from 1980s comedy ‘Allo ‘Allo comes to auction in Bristol

One of the UK’s most famous ‘Old Master’ paintings appeared at auction in Bristol estimated at £5000-10,000. ‘Allo ‘Allo’s Fallen Madonna With The Big Boobies was offered at East Bristol Auctions in December.

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‘Allo ‘Allo’s 'Fallen Madonna With The Big Boobies'. The 23 x 19in (58 x 48cm) portrait including frame eventually sod for £15,000.

2) Can wheeler dealers become antique dealers? Former Flog It! presenter Paul Martin launches new BBC show

TV presenter and antiques specialist Paul Martin has kept himself busy following the announcement that Flog It!, the show he presented for 17 years, has been scrapped.

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Paul Martin, the presenter of TV show ‘Make Me A Dealer’. Photo: BBC / Osian Davies.

3) Calls for Elgar score to be returned after Antiques Roadshow appearance

The Elgar Foundation called for the return of a draft score of the Enigma Variations by Sir Edward Elgar shown on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow

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A draft score of the Enigma Variations by Sir Edward Elgar was valued on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow by expert Justin Croft. Image: BBC.

4) Fred Dibnah heritage centre contents to be sold at auction

Auctioneer Adam Partridge won the consignment of 440 lots formerly owned by the late Fred Dibnah MBE. They were housed in the Fred Dibnah Heritage Centre in Bolton which is now closing.

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The highest-estimated lot of the Adam Partridge sale of contents from the Fred Dibnah Heritage Centre is this beam engine by Manlove Alliott & Co Ltd Engineers Nottingham, named Kathleen, refurbished c.2009. This fully working stationary steam engine is guided at £3000-5000.

5) Can’t you hear me bidding? Rolling Stones legend Charlie Watts’ former home has items going under the hammer in Gloucestershire

You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you might find you get one of the objects from a former home of Charlie Watts, the legendary Rolling Stones drummer.

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Objects from Foscombe House, the former home of Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, were offered at Chorley’s country house sale. Photo courtesy of Poiseon Bild & Text.

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