Bovingdon bidders with a burning desire to own a unique piece Game of Thrones memorabilia have scooped up the sign used to transform a Dacorum village into one of the show’s fictional settings.
A wooden placquard which marked Kings Langley’s transformation into the US television drama’s capital, King’s Landing, went under the virtual hammer on eBay in a ten-day auction – and will now be appearing in a garden elsewhere in the borough.
After more than 2,000 views and a total of 18 bids, the quirky item was sold for £515.89, which in accordance with Dacorum Borough Council’s wishes will be split between two borough charities – the Dacorum Community Trust and Kings Langley’s Waterside Centre.
The gavel went down for two luckly Thrones fans in nearby Bovingdon, who said: “We enjoy watching Game of Thrones and really liked the idea of renaming Kings Langley as King’s Landing.
“We often donate to charity, but this was an opportunity to give to a good cause and get something in return too. We have quite a big garden and plan to put the sign up there. “
The second sign placed at the other end of the village during the two-week tourism-boosting scheme in February is being kept by its creators, Great Gaddesden-based TSE Productions.
Kings Langley parish and Dacorum borough councillor Alan Anderson, who helped mastermind the village’s TV tie-in, said: “I was very grateful that a fan of Game of Thrones was prepared to support the auction in this way – I say well done and good for them.
“For a long time the bidding stayed at around £300, so I am glad it was raised a bit more during the final push.
“The money is going to two great causes and it is a nice way to end a project which was a good success.”