Original 1926 Winnie-the-Pooh storybook illustration of the Hundred 'Aker' Wood sells for £430K

Drawn by E.H. Shepard, the map of the fictional land inhabited by the famous teddy bear and his friends reportedly broke auction records for a book illustration.
Sotheby's art handlers hold 'The Original Map of the Hundred Acre Wood' by E.H. Shepard at Sotheby's on May 31, 2018 in London, England. (Chris J. Ratcliffe/Getty Images)

Winnie-the-Pooh illustrator Ernest Shepard's original 1926 illustration of the Hundred Acre Wood has been sold for £430,000 (approx. $745,491 Cdn) by Sotheby's auction house in London.

The map was used by publishers in the end pages of A.A. Milne's classic children's storybook collection Winnie-the-Pooh. It shows important landmarks such as the homes of Pooh Bear, Piglet and Christopher Robin, as well as the "Pooh Trap for Heffalumps," "Sandy Pit Where Roo Plays" and "Eeyores Gloomy Place." Below the map, Christopher Robin has scrawled the words "Drawn by me and Mr. Shepard Helpd."

According to Sotheby's, which originally estimated the map would sell for between £100,000-£150,000 (approx. $173,370 Cdn-$260,055 Cdn), the sale sets a new record for any book illustration sold at an auction. The Guardian and The BBC report that the previous record was set in 2014 for another Shepard illustration: his 1928 drawing of the silly old bear playing Poohsticks with Christopher Robin went for £314,500 (approx. $545,248.65 Cdn).

The map was originally sold by Shepard in 1926. It has been held, largely unseen, in a private collection for nearly 50 years.


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