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Original 'Winnie the Pooh' Drawing Fetches $50,000

An original drawing of A.A. Milne's 'Winnie the Pooh' fetched £31,200 ($50,000) at an auction in London on Tuesday.

The drawing had been estimated to sell at £20,000 pounds, so it easily surpassed expecations.

The oval pencil sketch by famous illustrator E.H. Shepard shows the children's character dipping his paw into a pot of honey while sitting at a table as Piglet and Tigger look on with interest. The sketch was done for the 1928 edition of 'Tiggers Don’t Like Honey'.

The piece was purchased by a German bidder who bought the drawing for his wife, who has been a Pooh fan since she was a child.

For whatever reason, Winnie the Pooh has always been a big seller. In a 2000 auction, an oil painting of the character sold for £124,250 ($200,000).

Milne named the character, whose stories have been translated into numerous languages, after a teddy bear owned by his son, who was the basis for the character of Christopher Robin. The character first appeared in books as early as 1926.

See the drawing below:

Winnie the Pooh Drawing

November 5, 2008 |

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