Charles Dickens' house in Kent, Bleak House, sold on auction for £ 13,500.
MS. Pan over audience at auction. Auctioneer, Mr B. J. Pearson, speaking enumerating virtues of the property - natural sound. MS. Exterior view of Bleak House, a house where Charles Dickens lived. MS. Dining room. MS. Chairs and suit of armour in dining room. SCU. Chairs. MS. Sideboard. MS. Auctioneer speaking. MS. Audience. MS. Auctioneer, pan over to audience. MS. Pan over audience. SCU. Auctioneer. MS. Audience. (2 shots). Several shots of auctioneer speaking. MS. Audience. Auctioneers voice continues - natural sound: 'I am going to ask you for your bidding for Bleak House, Broadstairs.' MS. Auctioneer continues: 'Therefore, ladies and gentlemen, I am bid £10,000 for Bleak House, £10,000 to start it. Is there any advance on £10,000 for Bleak House. Ten five may I say. Ten five I'm bid. £10,500 I am bid. £11,000. £11,000 I'm bid. Thank you.' SCU. Auctioneer continues: '£12,000 I'm bid. Thank you. £12,000 I'm bid for Bleak House with vacant possession. £13,000 may I say. £13,000 I'm bid. £14,000 may I say. You know you can't build a place like this. You can't make history. Ladies and gentlemen, at the present moment I am offered £13,500 for Bleak House and all its historical associations."
Information found in the old record - Cuts 49/92.