Artwork of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang invention sold for £3,500

An original artwork of one of the bizarre inventions from the 1968 film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang has sold for £3,500 at auction.

An illustration by the late artist Rowland Emett depicting a dog grooming invention, titled The Potts Cruft-de-Luxe Dog Tidy, featured in the beloved film.

Emett’s footnotes explaining how each part of the invention works also accompanies the ink and pencil work, beating pre-sale estimates of £2,500-$3,000.

It was among a collection of items from the film sold under the hammer during a Saturday sale organized by Excalibur Auctions.

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The rare 1960s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang kids bike was made by the Pines factory and is estimated to cost between £1,000 – £1,500 (Excalibur Auctions/PA)

An unpublished print by Emett of Grandpa Potts’ hut taken from the original sketch artwork for the film sold for £175 against an estimate of £60 to £80.

While a rare children’s bike based on the famous flying vehicle and made by the Pines factory has sold at auction for £1,625 against an estimate of £1,000 – £1,500.

A full-size wooden, glass and metal model of the soaring hut, which served as the setting for the Potts grandfather’s song Posh, was one of the auction’s highest prized items. with estimates ranging from £3,500 to £4,500 – but it didn’t sell.

Several other collectibles were sold including an original black and white photograph from the 1968 film signed by its top stars Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes, Heather Ripley and Adrian Hall.

It sold for £380 with an estimated £100-£150.

Jonathan Torode, from Excalibur Auctions, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer a special collection of items that come directly from the iconic Chitty Chitty Bang Bang film.

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“The owner of the collection has been accumulating it over the years, purely out of his passion for the film and his involvement in it.

“Today has seen top shipments in high demand, which is proof of the film’s enduring popularity.”

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