The original sketch of “Winnie the Pooh’s” Hundred Acre Wood made history recently, as the most expensive illustration to be sold at an auction. “Winnie the Pooh” has been described as ‘the most famous map in English literature’.
The map sold at a whopping $566,000 at Sotheby’s London. The drawing by E.H. Shepard has been unseen for half a century.
Initially, the drawing was offered with an estimated $200,000 in Sotheby’s sale of English Literature, History, Science, Children’s Books and Illustrations, but obviously, the sketch quickly exceed that offer.
The five original illustrations, including one depicting a game of Pooh Sticks and another with Christopher Robin, Pooh and Piglet on the famous bridge, were sold for a combined total of about $1.2 million. “This is the first drawing you encounter in the book and is the visual guide to the entire world of Winnie the Pooh. In this group of original drawings, you can see the real skill of the artist, the skill of the strokes of his pen”.- Sotheby’s said.
The one illustration showing Christopher Robin and Pooh walking hand-in-hand to say their final goodbye eventually sold for $264,000 after being estimated at about $120,000.
“They’ve never been brought out in the U.K. or the U.S. with illustrations by anyone else apart from E.H. Shepard and that is the power, and ability of the illustrator, and why this is probably the most famous map in English literature.” Sotheby’s said.
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