How much would you spend on an original, beloved book illustration? Probably not as much as the auction winner bidding on this item.
A map of The Hundred Acre Wood drawn by E.H. Shepard in 1926 for the children’s classic book “Winnie-the-Pooh” sold for a record-breaking $570,000 at a Southby’s auction. No other book illustration has sold for this much money.
The map appeared on the inside cover of the original book and was sold by E.H. Shepard shortly after it’s creation and remained in a private collection for 50 years. Southby’s vastly underestimated the value of the map, putting it between $130,000 and $200,000.
Shepard drew the map from the perspective of Christopher Robin, a young boy who befriends Pooh in the book. The credit at the bottom of the map says “Drawn by me and Mr. Shepard helped.”