What a story! This sculpture appeared in a small provincial French auction last year estimated at £800. It has since reappeared on the market with a... £3.8 million price tag, re-attributed as it has been to -- Giambologna. Read about it here.
Now, Giambologna was Flemish (he was really Jean de Boulogne), but studied sculpture in Rome. It figures: just look at these girls!
Clearly, Giambologna and I have at least one thing in common: a certain -- loving -- interest in heft.