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How much did unique Gerry Adams Spitting Image puppet fetch at auction?

By Claire Williamson

Gerry Adams' puppet from the ITV series Spitting Image has been sold for more than 1,000 euros at auction.

The puppet, which was once the only Gerry Adams you could hear talking on TV, was auctioned off on Saturday at Whytes Auction House in Dublin.

The caricature puppet of the Sinn Fein president complete with suit, mackintosh coat and instantly recognisable glasses sold for 1,150 euros.

The unique item was used on the ITV programme which ran from 1984 to 1996.

The popularity of the Adams doll owed much to the broadcasting ban on Sinn Fein that was lifted by the British government in 1994 and the Irish government a year earlier.

A caricature puppet of Nelson Mandela from the satirical show wearing one of his trademark madiba shirts went for 700 euros.

And that Peter Mandelson with the body of a snake which regularly featured, particularly around the neck of Tony Balir fetched 300 euros.

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