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Aug282015

Inflatable Pig Featured on Pink Floyd's "Animals" Album Cover Withdrawn from Memorabilia Auction

Credit: Rob HarriesSo, the famous inflatable pig seen tied to London's Battersea Power Station on the cover of Pink Floyd's 1976 album, Animals, won't be going on the auction block after all.  The 40-foot prop, nicknamed "Algie," was supposed to be part of a U.K. memorabilia sale scheduled for September 15 at Durrants auction house, but it has been withdrawn by Rob Harries, the man who created it, who says he now plans to give it back to the band.

Durrants official Dominic Parravani tells ABC Radio, "Pink Floyd came back and said that they wanted to have him back and rehome him...I think after the huge amount of publicity that has been generated, the band thought that Algie should go back to them."

The auction still will feature a variety other props created for various rock acts by the Halesworth, U.K.-based Air Artists studio, which was founded by Harries.  Among them is a different inflatable pig that was featured at Pink Floyd concerts after Roger Waters left the group.  Other items include a giant pig's head featured at Waters' historic 1990 concert at the Berlin Wall, a cast of an inflatable Babylonian woman that appeared onstage during served The Rolling Stones' Bridges to Babylon trek, and large figures of Queen's Freddie Mercury and Brian May used during the group's The Magic Tour in 1986.

You can check out a full list of items up for bid by visiting Auctions.Durrants.com or The-Saleroom.com.

On the cover of Animals, "Algie," which was designed by Waters, appears attached to two of Battersea Power Station's massive smokestacks.  As the story goes, during the photo shoot for the record the helium-filled prop broke free of its moorings and floated thousands of feet in the air, causing flights at London's Heathrow Airport to be canceled.  The flying pig eventually touched down at a farm in Kent, England, and was retrieved, repaired and used to finish the shoot.

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