Fisherman’s cottage has auction rocking
A fisherman’s cottage with a rock music history and a nuclear bunker have both exceeded their guide prices at auction.
Garden Cottage at Dungeness is believed to be the one on the sleeve for Pink Floyd’s album A Collection of Great Dance Songs.
The compilation was released in November 1981 and the cover shows two ballroom dancers anchored to the ground and the cottage in the background.
The cottage sold at a sale by Clive Emson auctioneers for £215,000 last month, which was £55,000 above the guide price.
A separate bidding war for the same auctioneer resulted in a 1950s nuclear bunker being sold for £18,000, exceeding the pre-sale guide price of £10,000 to £15,000.
The bunker is at Peninsula Way, north of Hoo. Entrance is by a vertical ladder that goes 15 feet underground to the interior that consists of a large room.
Built as part of a network of bunkers across Great Britain, it was designed to provide shelter for two or three people for several weeks but fell into disrepair after the bunkers were decommissioned in 1991.
In its favour, the bunker, which measures 7ft x 15ft, could reduce any external nuclear radiation by a factor of 1,500:1.
The next auction takes place at the Clive Emson Conference Centre, Kent County Showground, Maidstone, at 11am on Tuesday, May 5.
The cottage at Dungeness that inspired the cover of the Pink Floyd album A Collection of Dance Songs; a ladder leads to the heart of the bunker