The car from the stage version of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, along with more than 100 props used in a recent UK tour of the show, will be auctioned later this month.
Described as "a wonderful piece of theatre history", the car used in the 2015-2017 tour of the musical will go up for sale in a dedicated auction on June 21.
It cost £175,000 to make, which includes the cost of the lifting apparatus needed to make it fly, and has been given a guide price of between £6,000 and £9,000 by Hansons Auctioneers.
Charles Hanson, owner of Hansons Auctioneers, said: "We’re thrilled to be selling Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. I grew up watching the film and was spellbound by the magic of the flying car. It was part of my childhood, as it was for millions of people across the world. The Chitty we’re selling is a wonderful piece of theatre history, unique to the show it was used in and incredibly rare.”
It is being auctioned at the same time as more than 100 props from the production, which are all being put up for sale by John Stalker, who was the stage show’s executive producer on behalf of production company Music and Lyrics.
Stalker said there are no plans to remount the tour, meaning "the car and props are surplus to requirements".
"We would love them to go to a Chitty-loving home. The collection will appeal to anyone who loves theatre but particularly to those who love Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," he said.
Other items in the auction include a ’crashed’ version of the car from the production, the Child Catcher’s bicycle, a vintage motorcycle ridden by Truly Scrumptious and Caractacus Potts’ automated breakfast machine.
The 2015-17 touring cast was led at different times by Jason Manford and Lee Mead, and also included Martin Kemp, Shaun Williamson, Michelle Collins and Claire Sweeney.
The Chitty Chitty Bang Bang auction will be held at Bishton Hall in Staffordshire on June 21.
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