An exact replica of the car driven by Dick Van Dyke in the 1968 musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is estimated to make £250,000 when it is sold at auction later this month. This is an ambitious estimate. Earlier this year an original Chitty from the movie realised $805,000 at an American auction – far less than the $1 – $2 million it was expected to make.
While movie memorabilia may not seem of much relevance to buyers of antique bookcases, Preston steam enthusiasts may be interested to know that the building used for the exterior of the Scrumptious Sweet factory is, in fact, Kempton Park Water Works. Still in operation today, the part of the building which is now a steam museum houses two massive steam engines, which were once powered by six Lancashire boilers – two of these have been partially restored.
From DVDs to reference books, open bookcases are ideal for Preston homes requiring a bit of extra storage. While some antique bookcases can be tall, imposing items of furniture, there are many lower height examples which look totally at home in either a traditional or modern setting. Breakfront open bookcases of two or three shelves, divided into various partitions, make attractive centrepieces especially where a fireplace is absent. Useful for storing books, CDs and DVDs, they are exactly the right height for placing under a flatscreen TV set – and far nicer to look at than modern purpose-built units.
Despite being over 40 years old, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang never loses its appeal. Treat yourself to the remastered edition for Christmas – and take a look at the open bookcases available from Lancashire antiques dealers at the same time.
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