Monday, July 30, 2018

Original Winnie-the-Pooh map sets world record at Sotheby's auction

It's always fun to read about literary items sold at auction. I recently came across an article on The Guardian titled, Original Winnie-the-Pooh map sets world record at auction by Sian Cain. In the article, Sian Sain wrote the following:
The original map of Winnie-the-Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood by the artist EH Shepard has set a world record for a book illustration sold at auction, selling for £430,000.
The 1926 sketch, which was privately owned and had been unseen for nearly half a century, introduced readers to the world of Christopher Robin and his friends in the original book.
Purportedly drawn by Christopher Robin himself, the map is littered with spelling errors – “nice for picnicks” and “100 aker wood” – and is captioned “Drawn by Me and Mr Shepard helpd”.
The London auction house Sotheby’s had estimated its value at between £100,000 and £150,000.
“We’re extremely pleased, obviously,” said Philip Errington, Sotheby’s senior specialist in the book department, who said there had been significant international bidding.
“It reflects the fact that people fall in love with the works of AA Milne and EH Shepard. The map is part of the defining world of Winnie-the-Pooh. However you approach Pooh, whether it was through a book or a Disney cartoon, the map is your way in. It is the first thing you encounter. It has a resonance.”
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  1. I am always amazed by what people will spend their money on. I wonder if whoever bought it will make it available to the public.

    1. Yes, I find it rather interesting on how much $$$ people will spend on rare/luxury items. To have that kind of $$$ to spend on whatever one likes must be nice!