100 Aker Wood sells for record 430,000 pounds

The original map of Winnie-the-Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood by artist E.H. Shepard was bought for a record-breaking 430,000 pounds ($570,137) on Tuesday, auctioneers Sotheby’s said.

The map for A.A. Milne’s children’s classic, completed in 1926, broke the record for the amount offered for any book illustration at auction, it added.

Featuring on the opening end-papers of the original book, the map introduces readers to the imagination of Christopher Robin and his woodland friends Eeyore and Roo.

Four other original Pooh illustrations were sold alongside the map, with the five fetching a combined total of 917,500 pounds compared with a 310,000 to 440,000-pound estimate.

440,000 pounds currently converts to NZ$853,688.

100 acres = 40.5 hectares

A flasher version of the map:

A few memories for many people there.


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  1. Blazer

     /  11th July 2018

    hell what a price!Nearly enough to buy an ex state house in ..Auckland.

    • I’d have bought it if I’d had the money.

      I reread Winnie the Pooh in Scots on the bus today; terribly funny, unintelligible to most people as it’s been translated into Scottish dialect. I also have Winnie Ille Pu (Latin) as well as, of course, the original English version.

      My late mother in law knew Christopher Robin quite well, as he ran a bookshop and she loved reading. Needless to say that my old man omitted to mention this until after we were back in NZ and I couldn’t talk to her about it. He knew him, too, but he was a child so didn’t have much to do with ‘Mr Milne’. It must have been hard to realise that Mum’s friend Mr Milne was once Christopher Robin.

      Needless to say that the real wood is nothing remotely like 100 acres in size.

  2. Gezza

     /  11th July 2018

    Ivonic childhood character. I’d jenjoy looking at a print OR the original. I’d never pay that. I wouldn’t need to. The memories are priceless.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  11th July 2018

      So is your spelling.

      • Gezza

         /  11th July 2018

        It’s not my spelling that’s the problem: it’s my lack of proof-reading when I’m using this tiny-screen FiP, & it’s bloody lack of response when I’m banging away at “Cancel reply” after hitting submit, so I can edit, & cursing as it doesn’t! 😠


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