Monty Python's The Foot marches to 2,233% increase on estimate

The famous foot artwork featured in Monty Python's Flying Circus achieved many times its estimate at Vectis Auctions on July 12, selling just days after the legendary comedy group reformed.

Monty Python foot
The foot was used for the iconic animations, and later signed by Terry Gilliam

The return of Monty Python spurred bidders to ?�14,000 ($23,946) - a 2,233% increase on the modest ?�400-600 estimate. The artwork, the only example known to have survived, is signed by director Terry Gilliam, the Python member behind the bizarre animated shorts.

It was acquired by cameraman David Brookman, who spent just a few hours working with Gilliam on a German version of the show. During that time he persuaded Gilliam to add his signature to the piece, which is printed on photographic paper.

The foot, based on that of Cupid in Bronzino's Venus, Cupid, Folly and Time, would periodically squash random objects throughout the show, which ran from 1969-1974.

"A chance has arisen to acquire an iconic limb. It is probably the only such "Foot" in existence and certainly the only one signed by Terry Gilliam, who of course, has gone on to greater things," commented Vectis Auctions' Louise Harke prior to the sale.

The latest reunion is certainly the last outing of the Pythons, and values will rocket for the best memorabilia once it's all over - buy this Monty Python cast signed photo and commemorate the classic comedians.

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