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1) Exhibitors report early sales as TEFAF Maastricht 2019 opens its doors with new vetting policy

TEFAF Maastricht 2019 opened with a preview event on March 15 and news of sales did not take long to come through.

TEFAF Maastricht 2019

The crowd queuing to enter the preview of TEFAF Maastricht 2019.

2) Star Wars action figure prototype comes to auction

A small piece of Star Wars action figure history comes for sale at Vectis Auctions in Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees next month.

Star Wars

The ‘prototype resin master tooling aids’ for two characters from The Return of the Jedi toy line – Bib Fortuna and the Emperor’s Royal Guard - pictured alongside production figures for comparison. Vectis expects them to bring £6000-12,000 each on April 30.

3) George Michael auction at Christie’s led by Damien Hirst’s dove in formaldehyde

Christie’s auction of the George Michael collection in London was led by 'The Incomplete Truth' by Damien Hirst (b.1965), a work from 2006 featuring a dove in a tank of formaldehyde. 

‘The Incomplete Truth’ by Damien Hirst

‘The Incomplete Truth’ by Damien Hirst (b.1965), a dove in formaldehyde from 2006. One from an edition of three plus one artist’s proof, it sold for £911,250 (including premium) at the evening auction of works from the George Michael collection at Christie’s. Image copyright: Christie’s Images Limited 2019.

4) Famous ‘Fallen Madonna With The Big Boobies’ painting from 1980s comedy ‘Allo ‘Allo ‘returns’ to France

The successful buyer at auction of the ‘Fallen Madonna With The Big Boobies’ - the prop that was a running joke in the 1980s sitcom ‘Allo ‘Allo - has taken the painting to his home in France.

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Alistair Assheton and his son posing with the 'Fallen Madonna' painting in his home in France.

5) What lots caught bidders’ eyes in the last week? Six auction highlights that soared over estimate

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week includes a Wedgwood vase, a 1968 The Doors tour poster and Italian marble sculptures.

Sculpture

A pair of 19th century Italian marble sculptures of a winged girl and a boy holding a dove sold at £17,000.

This list is based on unique users for individual news stories over the period March 14-20, 2019.

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