Monday, December 22, 2008


Sotheby's sets auction record for Pooh drawing

LONDON (Reuters) - A collection of E.H. Shepard's original drawings for the Winnie-the-Pooh children's books by A.A. Milne fetched around 1.3 million pounds ($2.0 million) at auction on Wednesday, above the high pre-sale estimate.
The sale also set a record for a drawing by the British artist, when one of his most recognizable images, "He went on tracking, and Piglet ... ran after him," sold for 115,250 pounds, more than double expectations.
The second highest bid of the night was for another famous image of the lovable honey-loving bear, "Bump, bump, bump - going up the stairs," which went under the hammer for 97,250 pounds, again well above estimates.
The picture of Christopher Robin dragging his bear by the leg up the stairs beside him comes from the final chapter of "Winnie-the-Pooh."
Sotheby's auctioneers called the illustrations on offer in London the finest single collection of Shepard's original drawings for the Pooh books to come to the market.

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