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  • “Winnie The Pooh” fans will soon have a chance to own a pivotal piece of the beloved series’ history when the famous countryside bridge is auctioned off next week.
  • “Offering it at auction is probably the biggest opportunity globally for people to reach out and be able to buy it and put it in a museum,” James Rylands of Summer Place Auctions said.
  • “If it fetches a quarter of a million pounds, then I won’t be surprised,” he added.

“Winnie The Pooh” fans will soon have a chance to own a pivotal piece of the beloved series’ history when the famous countryside bridge is auctioned off next week. 

The iconic bridge from A.A. Milne’s series could go for as much as $338,000, although projections estimate the piece of literary history will garner between $54,000 and $81,000 next Tuesday.

“Offering it at auction is probably the biggest opportunity globally for people to reach out and be able to buy it and put it in a museum,” James Rylands of Summer Place Auctions told The Associated Press, noting that the bridge is “one of the most important iconic literary objects there is.”

“When you actually talk about history and add in the emotion and the happiness that ‘Winnie the Pooh’ has brought to generations as children and adults over the years, it is very difficult to price it,” Rylands added, per The AP. “If it fetches a quarter of a million pounds, then I won’t be surprised.”

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The original structure called Posingford Bridge was built in the early 20th century and renamed Poohsticks Bridge in 1979 by the author’s son. It was taken down in 1997 and restored by Disney due to wear. 

The dismantled bridge, which measures 29 feet by 15 feet, was stored at Ashdown Forest Centre in East Sussex and was recently approved for restoration. It has now reportedly been fully restored.

“I do hope it stays in Sussex because it obviously has great relevance to the locality,” Ryland said. “But if it does end up in the United States or indeed Japan, I have no doubt it will be a little bit loved over there as well.”


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Published on Oct 01, 2021