To Winnie-the-Pooh followers, the bridge over the river on the sting of the forest the place Pooh invents a brand new recreation is up there with heffalumps and pots of honey and the Hundred Acre Wooden.
It’s the place Pooh sooner or later by chance drops a fir cone within the water on one aspect of the bridge, solely to identify – to his astonishment – the cone reappearing on the opposite aspect. “And that was the start of the sport known as Poohsticks.”
Now the unique bridge has been offered for £131,625, greater than double the highest finish of the presale estimate of £40,000 to £60,000. Its new proprietor is Lord De La Warr, who owns the two,000-acre Buckhurst Park property in East Sussex, which contains the wooden made well-known in AA Milne’s youngsters’s books.
De La Warr mentioned he was delighted to be the profitable bidder. The bridge would “take pleasure of place on the property near its authentic place”, he mentioned.
Describing the construction as “an iconic piece of literary historical past in bodily type”, James Rylands, the director of Summers Place Auctions which held the sale, mentioned there had been curiosity from potential consumers in lots of nations. “However we’re thrilled the bridge will keep within the UK – it’s a extremely glad ending and we couldn’t have hoped for something higher.”
In line with Rylands, De La Warr’s father used to play Poohsticks with Christopher Robin Milne, the one little one of AA Milne, who was the inspiration for the youngsters’s books alongside along with his assortment of sentimental toys. Rylands mentioned the bridge was “going again house”.
The unique picket construction was constructed from oak in 1907 to hold pedestrians, horses and carts over a river in Ashdown Forest, the setting for the Pooh tales and poems. It was changed with a reproduction in 1999 after visits by 1000’s of individuals eager to recreate the well-known EH Shepard drawing of Christopher Robin leaning over the railings left it worn and rickety.
The unique bridge was dismantled and positioned in storage. It was later reconstructed and restored, and relocated to Kent after a personal sale.
Now, mentioned Rylands, Winnie-the-Pooh followers would once more be capable to set eyes on it, though video games of Poohsticks could also be dominated out with a purpose to protect the bridge for future generations.
He added: “Winnie-the-Pooh’s attraction is the innocence of a bygone age; it’s so healthful. There’s a lot badness on the earth, however Winnie-the-Pooh at all times brings a smile to your face.”
The worth achieved in sealed bids was “a mirrored image of its place as a nationwide treasure, however extra importantly it is going to be cared for and liked”.
In 2014, EH Shepard’s illustration of Pooh, Christopher Robin and Piglet taking part in Poohsticks offered at public sale for greater than £300,000. 4 years later a map of Hundred Acre Wooden reached £350,000.
The primary assortment of Winnie-the-Pooh tales was printed in 1926, with the Home at Pooh Nook following two years later. Christopher Milne, who died in 2011, later claimed his father had exploited his childhood.
“It appeared to me nearly that my father had obtained to the place he was by climbing upon my toddler shoulders, that he had filched from me my good identify and had left me with the empty fame of being his son,” he wrote.