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Fallen Madonna to go to new buyer
Shaun Moore and the painting - courtesy of the Ace Centre
Mr Moore decided to auction the painting to help a Oxford charity
An auction of The Fallen Madonna with the Big Boobies - the picture made famous by BBC sitcom 'Allo 'Allo - has raised more than 4,000 for charity.

The auctioned picture belonged to production designer Shaun Moore, who was given it as a gift when the classic series came to an end 15 years ago.

He sold it to raise funds for Oxford charity the Ace Centre, which helps children with communication problems.

The official handover of the picture to its buyer will take place on Thursday.

The charity said the money raised by the auction was a "fantastic" amount.

[The pictures] were rolled into German sausages, shoved down trouser legs, or singed by an exploding gilded frame intended as a gift for Adolf Hitler
Shaun Moore

A spokeswoman said: "We are a small charity that has recently lost some major funding so every penny counts.

"This auction has really raised awareness of the charity both locally and nationally."

Mr Moore, from Thame, said many other copies of the picture, by fictional artist Van Clomp, were ruined during shooting of the series.

"They were rolled into German sausages, shoved down trouser legs, or singed by an exploding gilded frame intended as a gift for Adolf Hitler," he said.

The money raised by the sale of the picture will go towards the Ace centre's Eye Gaze project, which aims to enable youngsters with physical disabilities to use their eyes to communicate through computers.

'Allo 'Allo, which made light of the Nazi occupation of France, ran on BBC One from 1982 to 1992.




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