The famous 1926 Winnie-the-Pooh sketch will be up for sale at Sotheby’s with an estimated value of about $200,000, according to The Guardian Thursday.
The auction house will put the renowned Winnie-the-Pooh map sketch of the Hundred Acre Wood up for sale July 10 in London, The Guardian reported. The map, which is dubbed “probably the most famous map in English literature,” includes locations such as “Eeyore’s Gloomy Place” and the “Bee Tree” along with purposely misspelled words such as “nice for piknics” and “100 aker wood,” according to The Associated Press. (RELATED: Rare Ancient Chinese Bowl Is Auctioned Off For $30 Million)
Philip Errington, Sotheby’s leading expert in books and other printed materials, noted that art is getting more “inclusive” and buyers are looking for a wider variety of art, according to The Guardian. (RELATED: Vase Found In Old Shoe Box Set To Go For $600K In Auction)
“We are getting a lot more interest in this material from collectors of art,” Errington said. “Twenty years ago I would have said the interest in book illustration was from people who collected book illustrations … but now we have interest from people who collect art and there’s no reason why a book illustrator shouldn’t be considered an artist.” (RELATED: A Once Scandalous Nude Painting Sold For $157 Million)
Sotheby’s will auction off four other works alongside four other works by E.H. Shepard. The five works altogether have an estimated value of $412,070 to $584,874.
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