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The actual bridge that inspired many Winnie The Pooh stories is being auctioned off

Originally known as Posingford Bridge in southern England, it was depicted in author AA Milne's beloved stories.

The actual bridge that inspired many Winnie The Pooh stories is being auctioned off

The old bridge which inspired Winnie The Pooh author AA Milne is being sold at auction. (Screengrab from Winnie The Pooh)

An old bridge which inspired Winnie The Pooh author AA Milne and was depicted in his much-loved children's stories about the honey-loving bear was up for auction on Wednesday (Oct 6), with a price estimate of up to around US$80,000 (S$108,700).

Originally known as Posingford Bridge, it was built in 1907 in Ashdown Forest, in southern England, as a river crossing.

"Christopher Robin played on it as a child in the 1920s with his father, the author AA Milne, inventing the game of Poohsticks which provided the inspiration for the subsequent books," auctioneer Summers Place Auctions said on its site.

The actual "Winnie The Pooh" bridge, originally known as Posingford Bridge, was built in 1907 in southern England. (Photo: Summers Place Auctions)

"First mentioned in The House At Pooh Corner, it describes how Pooh accidentally drops a pine cone into a river from a bridge and after watching how it appeared on the other side of the bridge, devises the rules for Poohsticks."

The bridge, which was illustrated in Milne's books by EH Shepard, featured in subsequent stories with characters Christopher Robin, Eeyore and Tigger also playing the Poohsticks game.

It was restored and reconstructed in 1979 and proved a popular tourist attraction. However due to deteriorating conditions, the bridge was dismantled and stored away, replaced with a new structure in 1999, according to Summer Place Auctions.

Source: Reuters/mm