London, The original map of Winnie-the-

Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood by the artist EH Shepard has set a world

record for a book illustration sold at auction, selling for Pound 430,000.

The 1926 sketch, which was privately owned and had been

unseen for nearly half a century, introduced readers to the world of

Christopher Robin and his friends in the original book.

Purportedly drawn by Christopher Robin himself, the map is littered

with spelling errors � nice for picnicks and 100 aker wood � and is

captioned Drawn by Me and Mr Shepard helpd.

The London auction house Sotheby’s had estimated its value at

between Pound 100,000 and Pound 150,000.

The previous record for a book illustration was also held by

Shepard: Poohsticks Bridge, an ink drawing of Christopher Robin and

his bear playing their favourite game, which featured in AA Milne’s book

The House at Pooh Corner, was sold by Sotheby’s for Pound 314,500 in

2014. The 1928 drawing had also been held in a private collection, for

40 years.

Before that, a 1890s watercolour illustration by Beatrix Potter, the

creator of Peter Rabbit, held the record after selling in 2008 for

Pound 289,250.

This was the third time Shepard’s original map had been sold by

Sotheby’s, after it fetched Pound 650 in 1968 and then Pound 1,700 in 1970.

Four other original Winnie-the-Pooh illustrations were also sold

at the auction. The five drawings sold for a combined total of Pound 917,500,

including buyer’s premium. Experts had estimated the five would sell

for Pound 310,000-Pound 440,000, the British Guardian newspaper reported.

Source: Oman News Agency