A FIBREGLASS diving bell which featured in a cult sci-fi film has left a Northam front garden after 13 years.
The unusual object was bought by Westward Ho! businessman Rob Braddick in 1998 with the hope of having it as a centre piece in his Bideford bar Crabby Dick's.
It had been a water feature on the seafront in Torquay after it featured in War Lords of Atlantis.
After Mr Braddick realised the diving bell, which weighs a tonne, was too big for Crabby Dick's and another premises he owns, The Waterfront in Westward Ho!, it was then put in the front garden of Mr Braddick's parents' home in Northam where it has been ever since.
Last year the Journal reported how Mr Braddick had taken the decision to sell the diving bell.
Now the deal has been done and the diving bell has been sold to props company Prop Store, which is based in Los Angeles and London, for a five figure sum.
It was lifted onto a trailer by contractors SEL Clarke yesterday afternoon and is due to be taken up to London today.
Mr Braddick said: "I am sad to see it go but I am quite pleased with the deal as I bought it for £5,000.
"I think my parents will be pleased to see the back of it, they have been threatening to put it in my garden whenever I go away for the past 13 years.
"I sold it on Ebay and the deal was done in a couple of weeks. It will be interesting to see where it lands up, the company will do it up as it has got into quite a bad state."