Bridge that inspired ‘Winnie the Pooh’ books up for auction

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Own a piece of Pooh.

Poohsticks Bridge, the carved oak bridge that will forever be associated with the beloved children’s book series “Winnie the Pooh” is up for auction.

Originally known as Posingford Bridge, the iconic countryside bridge was built around 1907 in England’s Ashdown Forest, to serve as a river crossing for horses, carts, and pedestrians.

By the 1920s, the bridge became a favorite spot of “Winnie the Pooh” author A.A. Milne, who would play there with his son Christopher Robin.

The bridge was first mentioned in the second volume of the series, “The House at Pooh Corner,” before becoming a regular setting for the adventures of the honey-loving bear and his friends, which launched in 1926.

According to the British auction house Summers Place, which is in charge of the sale, “this original bridge has been restored and reconstructed over the years replicating [E. H.] Shepard’s original illustrations.”

Robin renamed it Poohsticks Bridge in 1979.

In 1999 the bridge was dismantled and replaced with a replica after it became “worn and degraded by the countless thousands of visitors.”

It was stored in the Ashdown Forest Center until recently, when local officials allowed it to be “rescued,” the auction house said.

Poohsticks has now been fully restored and reconstructed with local oak replacing any missing pieces.

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.

“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 said.

“If it fetches a quarter of a million pounds, then I won’t be surprised,” he added, even though the sale is estimated to go between 40,000 and 60,000 pounds ($54,000 and $81,000).

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