The blow-up animal, which measures 40ft (12m) in length, was famously flown above Battersea Power Station in London in 1976, but caused disruption to flights from Heathrow airport when it broke free and blew off into the sky.
Fans of Pink Floyd will be happy to hear that Algie, the giant inflatable pig that graced the cover of the band’s 1977 album, Animals, is safely back under the care of the legendary band after the puffy porker was nearly auctioned off.
Harries said, “The auctioneers rather jumped the gun with the list I provided them and publicized the fact that the Pink Floyd pig might be one of the lots”. “The clear-out has been quite cathartic and brought back a lot of memories, but I do feel I’ve been there and done that now, and it’s time to move on”.
He added: “Hopefully, this pig will spur them on to get on with that”.
“The pig is going back to Pink Floyd“. Dominic Parravani of Durrants said the auctioneers had “no idea” how much the items would fetch. The loss of Algie – described by Durrant’s as being “in poor condition” – is a shame, as its use was not just a piece of rock iconography, but also a source of chaos.
“I felt I’d better talk to Pink Floyd, which I duly did and they duly wanted it back, unsurprisingly”, Harries added.
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. Other items going up for bid include an inflatable Babylonian woman that appeared onstage during served The Rolling Stones’ Bridges to Babylon Tour, a giant pig head featured at Roger Waters’ historic 1990 concert at the Berlin Wall, and props used by AC/DC, Bon Jovi and Iron Maiden. They are being put up for sale, creator Rob Harries told, because he has chose to change creative direction and start working with clay.