Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the famous car used in the much-loved family musical of the same name, is coming up for auction – and families can enjoy seeing it for free this Easter.
The car along with more than 120 props used in a Chitty Chitty Bang Bang stage show, which toured the UK and Ireland between 2015-2017, will go under the hammer at Hansons Auctioneers on Monday, April 20.
But before the collection is sold, families can go along to Hansons’ Country House Saleroom at Bishton Hall, Wolseley Bridge, Staffordshire, to enjoy the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Exhibition.
Charles Hanson, owner of Hansons Auctioneers, said: “We’re thrilled to be selling Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at auction, so much so I wanted everyone to have the opportunity to see and enjoy it.
“Like many people, I grew up watching the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang film. It was part of my childhood, as it was for millions of people across the world. The car we’re selling is a replica model used in a stage musical but it still brought memories flooding back for me. Both children and adults can celebrate one of the world’s greatest children’s stories by coming along to the exhibition.”
It’s the first major family event Hansons has hosted at Bishton Hall since purchasing the property, which dates back to circa 1750, in the summer of 2019.
“I hope it will be the first of many,” said Charles. “I want Bishton, an important part of Staffordshire’s history and heritage, to be enjoyed by the wider community as a venue for all types of events, including weddings, as well as being used as an auction saleroom.”
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was first released as a musical fantasy film in 1968. Produced by Albert R Broccoli and directed by Ken Hughes with a screenplay co-written by Roald Dahl and Hughes, it was loosely based on Ian Fleming’s novel Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang: The Magical Car (1964).
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the stage musical, premiered at London Palladium in 2002. Closing in September 2005, it was the Palladium’s longest running show ever, taking more than £70 million. The musical went on to entertain audiences on Broadway in New York, Australia and Germany and inspired tours in the UK and abroad.
Edward Rycroft with the Child Catcher's bike.
The Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car Hansons is selling was used in a new show by Music and Lyrics Productions which opened at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds in December 2015. It toured major theatres across the country until February 2017.
Famous faces in the musical included Jason Manford and Lee Mead (Caractacus Potts); Martin Kemp (Childcatcher); Phill Jupitus (Lord Scrumptious/Baron Bomburst) and Michelle Collins (Baroness Bomburst).
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the accompanying stage show props are expected to sell for in the region of £20,000 at auction.
Viewing for the exhibition:
Saturday 18 April from 11am-3pm
Sunday 19 April from 11am-3pm
Monday 20th April from 11am-5pm