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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.

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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