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French rooster not for the chop in Cafe Bastille’s art auction

Sep 18th, 2009 | By | Category: Featured Article, Front Page Layout, News

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FANS  of award winning Cafe Bastille are mourning its closure – but got  a chance to take away some memorabilia.

Australian owner Matt Roussy (pictured above with the rooster) is wrapping up business after only one year, and  decided to go out with an auction.

The main items sold were be iconic French advertising prints which have been part of the wall decor since the restaurant opened eight years ago.

The prints are impressive, says Mr Roussy, and are reproductions of original posters dated between 1910 and 1935.

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The collection included an old advertisement for Kina Lillet, a wine-based tonic flavoured drink with quinine that was made popular when James Bond ordered the drink in Casino Royale.

Other prints include Black Cat coffee, a Vegetaline ad with a slogan translated as “cheaper than butter”, as well as some colonial coffee ads.

Mr Roussy had considered auctioning off the restaurants mascot.

Affectionately known as Rick Hard by staff members, the stuffed and mounted rooster wears an Eiffel tower necklace around its neck.

“The bird was bought for something ridiculous like $3.50 and was stuffed for around $600.”

Although the rooster will stay, he says some surprise items will be up for grabs, and people do not have to dine to place a bid.

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