Pooh's Original Hundred-Acre Wood Map Sells for Auction Record

Lewis Collier
July 11, 2018

The original map of Winnie-the-Pooh's Hundred Acre Wood by artist E.H. Shepard was bought for a record-breaking 430,000 pounds ($570,137) on Tuesday, auctioneers Sotheby's said.

Four other original Winnie-the-Pooh illustrations were sold alongside the map, with the five drawings selling for a combined total of £917,500.

The sketch from 1926 was estimated to go for £100,000-150,000 at the London sale, but the final sale price more than doubled its estimate.

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". In 2014, an ink drawing of the characters playing the game poohsticks sold for a then-record 314,500 pounds. The map says "Drawn by me and Mr. Shepard helped" at the bottom and has a few misspellings such as "aker" and "piknicks".

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The map was unseen by the public for almost half a century and had featured in the opening pages of AA Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh, as well as in the opening sequence of the Disney film Winnie-the-Pooh and The Honey Tree.

"Christopher Robin", a new film based on Milne's characters, is due to be released by Disney in August.

As well as capturing the book's woodland world, the map also features much-loved characters including Eeyore, Winnie-The-Pooh and Christopher Robin.

The original drawing of the map was first sold by Shepard in 1926 and it remained in a private collection.

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