Fish­er­man’s cottage has auc­tion rocking

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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.

House pic­ture: Deep South Me­dia

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

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