An old bridge that inspired Winnie Pooh Author AA Milne, featured in his popular children’s stories about the honey-loving bear, will be auctioned on Wednesday at an estimate of up to around $ 80,000.
Originally known as Posingford Bridge, it was built in 1907 as a river crossing in Ashdown Forest in southern England.
“Christopher Robin played on it as a child in the 1920s with his father, author AA Milne, and invented the game Poohsticks, which provided the inspiration for subsequent books,” auctioneer Summers Place Auctions said on its website.
“First mention in The house on Pooh Corner It describes how Pooh accidentally drops a pine cone from a bridge into a river and, after watching it emerge on the other side of the bridge, develops the rules for Poohsticks. “
The bridge, illustrated in Milne’s books by EH Shepard, was featured in subsequent stories with characters Christopher Robin, Eeyore, and Tigger, who also played the Poohsticks game.
It was restored and reconstructed in 1979 and turned out to be a popular tourist attraction. However, due to deteriorating conditions, the bridge was dismantled and stored and replaced with a new structure in 1999, according to Summer Place Auctions.
It has recently been fully restored and reconstructed and has an auction price of £ 40,000 to £ 60,000. ($ 54,000 to $ 81,000).