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Winnie The Pooh drawings sell for £1.2 million

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Winnie The Pooh drawings sell for £1.2 million

Post by THE BOSS on Wed Dec 17, 2008 6:37 pm

Original drawings featuring Winnie-The-Pooh and his friends from Hundred Acre Wood have sold for a combined total of more than £1.2 million at auction.

A first American edition of 'The House at Pooh Corner', by AA Milne, dating from 1928

The drawings were a collection from artist EH Shepard, a Royal Academy-trained artist who died in 1976, but became famous for his Pooh illustrations as well as his work on The Wind in the Willows.
The top-selling lot, "He went on tracking, and Piglet . . . ran after him," described as one the artist's most iconic and best-loved illustrations, went for £115,250 - more than double its pre-sale low estimate.
The previous record for a Shepard drawing was £110,000.
Another drawing at the auction at Sotheby's in London, titled "Bump, bump, bump - going up the stairs" sold for £97,250, almost double its pre-sale low estimate.
It comes from the final chapter of Winnie-the-Pooh, in which author AA Milne wrote: "He nodded and went out... and in a moment I heard Winnie-the-Pooh - bump, bump, bump - going up the stairs behind him."
The sale also included limited edition and signed books by Milne and a first American edition presentation copy, dated 1926.
The edition, inscribed by the author to Shepard and including an eight-line verse dedicated to the illustrator, sold for £39,650 against an estimate of £15,000 to £20,000.
Philip Errington, Sotheby's specialist in charge of children's books and original illustrations, said: "We are delighted with the results of this outstanding sale which broke the previous world-record for a drawing by EH Shepard.
"The public have a strong affection for these drawings and we are thrilled that this significant collection has notably exceeded expectations.
"The interest from around the world in these superb drawings, and the highly competitive bidding from many buyers, has demonstrated the world-wide appeal of Winnie-the-Pooh."
All but two of the 42 lots in That Sort of Bear: EH Shepard's Winnie-the-Pooh were sold, with a total sum of £1,262,863.

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