Iconic ‘Winnie the Pooh’ bridge comes up for auction – FOX13 News Memphis

A whimsical little piece of literary history could be yours when a bridge in southern England goes up for auction next week.

Inspiration for a favorite playground from author AA Milne’s iconic character, Winnie the Pooh, and his woodland playmates, is on sale by UK-based Summers Place Auctions, CNN reported.

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Originally known as Posingford Bridge and later Poohsticks Bridge, the 114-year-old oak structure in Ashdown Forest is the actual bridge near Hartfield in East Sussex that Milne often visited with his son, Christopher Robin Milne. His 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 it as a child in the 1920s with his father, author AA Milne, inventing the Pooh stick game that inspired the following books, “the Summers States of the list of places.

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Sealed bids are now being accepted for the Oct. 6 auction, and the auction house estimates the bridge could sell for up to $ 81,000, CNN reported.

According to the listing, the original bridge was replaced with a replica in 1999 after it became “worn out and degraded by the countless thousands of visitors.” The dismantled original was then stored at the Ashdown Forestry Center until the local council decided to “save” it.

Meanwhile, Pooh illustrator Kim Raymond hosted two overnight stays on Airbnb at a replica of the Honey Lover Bear House to celebrate the 95th anniversary of Milne’s creation of Pooh, CNN reported.

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