“Algie” cut loose from the Battersea Power Station and flew high into the sky on the first day of a photoshoot for Pink Floyd’s “Animals” cover.
Even if you had a good job with good pay, you’ll never own Pink Floyd’s “Algie.”
The rock band’s iconic prop pig is going back to its makers after a brief appearance on a British auction catalogue nearly 40 years after the inflatable went rogue in the high skies above London.
The surviving members of Pink Floyd—including Roger Waters, who designed the pig for the cover of its 1977 concept album “Animals”—decided they wanted Algie after all.
Pink Floyd wants its beloved pig back after a British auction site put their inflatable “Animals” prop into its September catalogue.
“The pig is going back to Pink Floyd. They want it home again,” Air Artists owner Rob Harries told Reuters.
The star item is now listed as “withdrawn from sale” by Durrants’ auction.
The helium-filled sow famously proved some pigs could fly after it broke free of its restraints above the Battersea Power Station during a 1976 photoshoot for “Animals.”
It floated several thousand feet into the air and bollixed all air traffic going in and out of Heathrow Airport.
The pig earned a “poor condition” rating on Durrants’ catalogue because of a tear, but it wasn’t superficial damage caused by its fall from the sky. It landed in a Kent farm scaring a pasture full of cows, essentially ending its soaring joy ride.
The band gave the album cover a second go at Battersea Power Station without incident.
Before the pig could land with new owners in the September auction, Harries gave members of Pink Floyd a chance to get Algie back.
He believes the Durrants auctioneers “jumped the gun” on publicizing Algie’s auction.
“I felt I’d better talk to Pink Floyd, which I duly did and they duly wanted it back, unsurprisingly,” Harries added.
A replica of Pink Floyd’s “Algie” was hoisted above the Battersea Power Station again in 2011.
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The replica Algie is shown just before being hoisted above the Battersea Power Station in 2011.
The inflatable pig was listed among Air Artist’s other props used in the past 30 years by AC/DC, Queen and the Rolling Stones.
An Algie replica flew above the Battersea Power station in 2011, but that pig stayed put.
With News Wire Services.
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