19 December 2007,
London, South Kensington
Price realised GBP 2,040
Estimate GBP 1,000 - GBP 1,500
The Rt. Hon. Margaret Thatcher PM/Spitting Image
An original Spitting Image puppet of former British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, the half-length puppet with moulded latex foam rubber head and angry facial expression, painted skin tones, red lipstick and perspex eyes, wearing an ash blonde wig, the moulded latex foam rubber hands painted with red fingernails, sculptured foam torso dressed in pin-stripped suit jacket, white shirt and blue tie, fitted to a stand -- 62½in. (159cm.) high -- made for the 1984-1992 ITV television series Spitting Image
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The popular satirical ITV series Spitting Image ran from 1984 to 1992 and won an International Emmy in 1986 for Outstanding Popular Arts. Its enduring popularity was also evidenced in the recent Channel 4 poll of 100 Greatest Television Moments - the famous sketch of Thatcher in a restaurant with members of the Cabinet when she orders a steak, the waitress asking What about the vegetables? and Thatcher replies They'll have the same as me... was ranked amongst the Top 100.
At least three different puppets of Margaret Thatcher were made during the eight years that Spitting Image ran.
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Ex-lot The Spitting Image Puppets, Sotheby's On-Line, Friday, 7 July, 2000
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