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Fallen Madonna

Famous ‘Fallen Madonna With The Big Boobies’ painting from 1980s comedy ‘Allo ‘Allo has sold for £15,000 at a Bristol auction

01 December 2018

The prop that was a running joke in the 1980s sitcom was hammered down at £15,000 at the saleroom of East Bristol Auctions today.

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Inaugural Anthony Meyer Scholarship awarded for study of Oceanic skulls

01 December 2018

The inaugural Anthony JP Meyer Scholarship, for supporting research on the Oceanic collections in museums in France and overseas communities, has been awarded to Sophie Jacqueline.

Guadagnini cello

7 top lots at London’s Russian auctions including Rostropovich’s cello and a giant enamel drinking vessel

30 November 2018

The latest series of Russian art sales in London generated a total of £39.2m (including premium) – roughly on a par with the £38.03m total at the equivalent series last year.

Walton Bridges

UK issues export bar for £3.4m Turner masterpiece sold at Sotheby’s auction

30 November 2018

The UK government has issued an export bar for JMW Turner’s ‘Walton Bridges’, valued at £3.4m.

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Soviet meteorite and US space suit go under the hammer

30 November 2018

A superb Sikhote-Alin iron meteorite with an estimate of £25,000-30,000 is included in Duke’s sale A Taste of Luxury.

Macallan whisky

Auction record for £1m bottle of Macallan whisky at £48,000 a glass

30 November 2018

A hand painted bottle of 1926 60-year-old Macallan whisky sold for a hammer price of £1m at auction, equating to around £48,000 per single shot.

Bronze sandalled foot

Roman bronze foot from monumental statue makes 10-times estimate at Bonhams auction

30 November 2018

A Roman bronze foot from a monumental statue topped an auction of Antiquities held by Bonhams in London when it sold for a hammer price of £160,000, far in excess of its £10,000-15,000 estimate.