Original Charlotte's Web cover nets $155,000

The original 1952 cover for the classic children's novel Charlotte's Web has sold at a New York City auction for $155,350 US.

Sold for more than 5 times estimated value

The original 1952 cover for the classic children's novel Charlotte's Web has sold at a New York City auction for $155,350 US.

The artwork, an illustration by Garth Williams, sold for more than five times its estimated price on Friday.

Barry Sandoval of Heritage Auctions said the New York buyer is a collector who wishes to remain anonymous.

"For it to break $150,000 is breathtaking. It just shows how universally beloved this book and this art really are," said Sandoval.

Sandoval said 42 of the late artist's original designs for the acclaimed children's book were auctioned by his family, fetching a total of $780,000 US.

E.B. White's Charlotte's Web, about an enduring friendship between Charlotte the spider and a pig named Wilbur, has been made into an animated film, a video game and a live-action movie.

In 2000, Publisher's Weekly declared it the best-selling children's paperback of all time.

In the story, Charlotte decides to weave words in her web extolling the virtues of Wilbur, who is about to be slaughtered, including "some pig," "terrific" and "humble." Wilbur is saved and goes to the county fair, winning a prize, but before the story ends Charlotte dies, leaving behind her babies.

With files from The Associated Press