A whimsical little piece of literary history could be yours when a southern England bridge hits the auction block next week.
The inspiration for a favorite playspot of author A.A. Milne’s iconic character, Winnie the Pooh, and his woodland playmates, is up for sale by U.K.-based Summers Place Auctions, CNN reported.
Originally known as Posingford Bridge and later Poohsticks Bridge, the 114-year-old oak structure in Ashdown Forest is the real bridge near Hartfield in East Sussex that Milne often visited with his son, Christopher Robin Milne. Its fictional reimagining debuted in Milne’s first Pooh book, “The House at Pooh Corner,” Mental Floss reported.
“Originally known as Posingford Bridge, Christopher Robin (Milne) played on it as a child in the 1920′s with his father, the author A.A. Milne, inventing the game of Pooh sticks which provided the inspiration for the subsequent books,” the Summers Place listing states.
Sealed bids are now being accepted for the Oct. 6 auction, and the auction house estimates that the bridge may sell for as much as $81,000, CNN reported.
According to the listing, the original bridge was replaced with a replica in 1999 after it became “worn and degraded by the countless thousands of visitors.” The dismantled original was then stored at Ashdown Forest Centre until the local council moved to have it “rescued.”
Meanwhile, Pooh illustrator Kim Raymond hosted two one-night Airbnb stays in a replica of the honey-loving bear’s house to celebrate the 95th anniversary of Pooh’s creation by Milne, CNN reported.
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