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posted: 11/16/2013 10:02 AM

Kiddieland's antique carousel up for auction

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UNION, Ill. -- An antique carousel from a now-shuttered Chicago-area amusement park is going up for auction.

Kiddieland Amusement Park operated in the Chicago suburb of Melrose Park for more than eight decades before it closed in 2009.

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On Saturday, Donley Auction Service in Union will take bids on the park's historic carousel.

Manufactured in 1925, the carousel is 50-feet in diameter and has 48 hand-carved horses. The auction service says it's expected to sell at more than $1 million.

The carousel isn't the first of the park's more than 30 rides to get new life. The Kiddieland Limited Train has been on loan to a museum in Indiana, and Six Flags Great America bought The Little Dipper, the park's famed wooden roller coaster.

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