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Virgin Mary tatt sold in deal

A SWISS man has sold a Virgin Mary TATTOO on his BACK to a German collector.

The extraordinary deal was made with the understanding it could be
exhibited three times a year, a Zurich gallery said today.

The transaction - which gallery owner Jutta Nexdorf claims is the first of
its kind - netted 150,000 Euros.

Another condition of sale said the 35-hour work could be REMOVED from
the man's SKIN upon death and given to its new owner.

The now official owner will also be allowed to sell the tattoo, created by
Belgian artist Wim Delvoye and notable for depicting the mother of Jesus
with a lifeless skull.

Proceeds from the sale are being shared among the gallery, tattoo bearer
Tim Steiner and Delvoye, the gallery owner said.

The tattoo will go on show for the first time next week in Singapore and
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