Original 1926 Winnie-the-Pooh map sells for record £430,000

Angelo Anderson
July 11, 2018

It had been offered at the London sale with an estimate of £100,000-150,000 but surpassed the previous record sale price set in 2014 when an original ink drawing portraying AA Milne's characters playing poohsticks sold for £314,500.

The illustration is thought to be the work of Milne's son Christopher Robin.

Unseen for almost half a century, the map easily surpassed its pre-sale estimate of 100,000 to 150,000 pounds.

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".

The map was originally sold by Shepard in 1926.

The drawing is littered with misspelt locations, such as "nice for picnicks" and "100 aker wood", and the illustration is signed off with the words "Drawn by me and Mr Shepard helpd".

The auction house described the drawing, which was unseen for 50 years, as "possibly the most famous map in children's literature".

The map also features a compass, but instead of the usual north, south, east and west directions, it spells out the name Pooh.

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.

Other original sketches of Pooh made by Shepard were also part of the Sotheby's sale, according to the auction house.

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