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James May's Lego house to be demolished

23rd September 2009

It could be the biggest bargain on the property market - a two story house that is being given away for nothing! James May created the house made entirely out of Lego with 1,000 volunteers for BBC Two show Toy Stories. However, efforts to find the house an owner have failed and the house now faces demolition.

The house, created by the Top Gear presenter at Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking, Surrey, would have cost £50,000 to dismantle and rebuild. The creation was the world's first full size Lego house, with a working toilet, hot shower and a very uncomfortable bed. The estate said that the house could not remain with them as they needed the vineyard back to harvest its grapes.

Plans for Legoland in Windsor, Berkshire, to buy the house fell through. Legoland pulled out "due to the costs and logistics of moving and rebuilding the house". Top Gear set up a page on Facebook to try to find a buyer for the house.

A blog posted on Tuesday morning on the Top Gear website - which had championed the Lego house cause - said: "Today's the day then.

"Despite James' best efforts, your comments on this site and the 2,500 fans signed up to our Facebook group, the Lego house is coming down.

"We spoke to James last night and he confirmed that brick-by-3.2 million-brick, it'll be dismantled this morning."

Meanwhile, May has called for the return of a Lego cat stolen from the house on Sunday or Monday.

The cat named Fusker, based on James' real cat was a unique addition to the house because he was built by a fan, rather than one of the team of Lego enthusiasts enlisted to work on the project.

The blog posting said Fusker had disappeared after "security allowed a few members of the public to have a nose around the house".


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