Online auction row after bidder for £245k historic carousel ride says it

first_img Show more The buyer, who was the only bidder, bought the carousel at its starting price and has been landed with a bill of around £245,000 after various taxes and fees have been added on.The ride was built in 1904 and, though it has changed over the years with the wooden horses replaced with fibreglass models, it has kept its vintage look and has been maintained to an extremely high standard. The two-day auction saw more than 1,200 items put up for sale. Pleasure Island closed its doors for the final time at the end of the 2016 summer. An online auction row has emerged after the winning bidder for a £245,000 historic carousel ride said it was a mistake – as they revealed they don’t actually want it.The 100-year-old fairground ride was among of thousands of items which went under the hammer after sea side fun park Pleasure Island in Cleethorpes, Lincs, closed.It was thought no bidder had been found for the roundabout ride with a £180,000 starting price but, just before the auction ended, an online bid came through.But minutes later the internet buyer, who had made the minimum bid for the famous ride, claimed they had made the bid ” by mistake” and wanted to withdraw it.Despite the error Carl Vince, owner of Prestige Auctions, insisted the sale is legally binding. He said: “We are having a meeting with our online bidding partner. However, as far as we are concerned the carousel is sold. We are not sure how people can make such a mistake.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more