LONDON – The adventures of the honey-loving bear “Winnie the Pooh” have captivated children — and their parents — for nigh-on 100 years. Fans now have a chance to own a central piece of Pooh’s history, when a countryside bridge from southern England goes up for auction next week.The author of the hugely popular Pooh series of books, A. A. Milne, often played with his son, Christopher Robin, at the bridge in the 1920s. It became a regular setting for the adventures of Pooh and his friends in the series that launched in 1926.“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,” said James Rylands of Summer Place Auctions, which has previously auctioned items including 20 tons of the Berlin Wall.Rylands described the bridge as “one of the most important iconic literary objects there is,” and laid out hope that it could go for 250,000 pounds, way beyond the 40,000 to 60,000-pound estimate placed on Tuesday’s auction. “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.”The bridge, originally called Posingford Bridge, was built around 1907 and officially renamed Poohsticks Bridge in 1997 by the late author’s son, whose toy animals were the basis of the Pooh series. It was then taken down in 1999 after being worn out by visitors and was replaced by a newer structure funded largely by the Disney corporation.The original bridge was dismantled and stored in Ashdown Forest Centre in the southern county of East Susses, until the local Parish Council recently gave permission for it to be restored and rescued. The bridge, which measures 8.87 meters long by 4.5 meters wide (29 feet by 15 feet), has now been fully restored using local oak for any missing elements.The auction coincides with the centenary of Pooh’s arrival in the world when Christopher Robin received a fluffy teddy bear from the luxury department store Harrods on his first birthday.Rylands said there’s been interest from around the world, but hoped that the bridge stays local.“I do hope it stays in Sussex because it obviously has great relevance to the locality,” he said. “But if it does end up in the United States or indeed Japan, I have no doubt it will be a little bit loved over there as well.”
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Earlier this week R. Kelly was found guilty on all counts during his federal sex crimes trial. Since the verdict was announced many people have been sharing their thoughts about the situation, and Akon was recently asked about his thoughts as well.TMZ caught up with Akon at LAX and asked him about R. Kelly’s guilty verdict, and if he thinks R. Kelly could redeem himself following his actions.Akon responded and said, “I believe God makes no mistakes. People can debate back and forth all day, but if it’s happening to him, it’s supposed to happen to him for whatever reason. That’s God’s reason as to why it’s going down. Now that’s something he has to have within himself to reevaluate his whole life, his way of being. To get caught up in a situation like that, whatever happens, is between him and God.”“There’s always a way to redeem yourself,” Akon continued. “But you have to first accept the fact that you’re wrong or in a position for that particular purpose and why you’re being there in the first place.”As previously reported, on Monday a jury found R. Kelly guilty on all charges after he was accused of engaging in sexual activity with multiple underage young women for years. Throughout the years, he received help from team members such as managers and assistants who did not intervene with his activities.With many of the accusations spanning the course of his career, effective actions towards the accusations did not start to take place until after the Lifetime docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly.” Many of the alleged victims featured in the series also testified against Kelly in court.Want updates directly in your text inbox? Hit us up at 917-722-8057 or click here to join! TSR STAFF: Jade Ashley @Jade_Ashley94
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