Auction house Sotheby’s will this morning unveil the original map of Winnie-the-Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood, due to go on sale later this year.
E H Shepard’s original illustration for The Hundred Acre Wood maps the magical world of Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends Eeyore, Piglet, Kanga and Christopher Robin. It was published in the opening pages of the original book in 1926 and was used in the Disney film adaptation in 1966.
The map is going on sale with four more original illustrations from Winnie-the-Pooh, including one showing Christopher Robin and the bear saying their goodbyes. The other three show Eeyore, Winnie-the-Pooh, Rabbit and a game of Pooh sticks.
The illustrations all come from the same, unnamed private collection and will be sold at auction in July, for a combined estimate of £310,000-£440,000.
None of the drawings have been seen in 50 years, according to Sotheby’s.