EB White's Charlotte spins her web at Heritage's books auction

Here's one for collectors of classic children's literature: more than 40 original illustrations from the classic children's book Charlotte's Web, including its iconic cover art, will be auctioned by Heritage on October 15.

The collection from the estate of legendary illustrator Garth Williams will appear for sale as part of Heritage's Illustration Art Auction. It takes place at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion, 2 East 79th Street in New York City.

Garth Williams's famous artwork for Charlotte's Web

Before the auction, interested collectors and investors can view the artwork in person. It is on public display at the "Heritage Window" on the city's Park Avenue.

The best-selling children's paperback of all time

Few children's books have had as much of an impact on pop culture as much as EB White's Charlotte's Web.

Originally published in 1952, the book was named the best-selling children's paperback of all time by Publisher's Weekly in 2000.

The original cover art and 44 of the book's 46 legendary interior illustrations will be offered in the auction, and sold without reserve.

Williams's signature can be seen at the lower right corner

Among the book's art highlights are Williams' sublime drawings of Wilbur the pig (pictured top right), Fern, the young girl who loves him and one very clever spider named Charlotte who saves Wilbur from slaughter.

"There are few people born after 1950, maybe even 1940, who are not intimately familiar with EB White's timeless story," said Barry Sandoval of Heritage Auctions, "or with these amazing illustrations.

"The same cover image has been used for 58 years, and this may be the most-printed cover illustration of any book by an American author," he said.

Watch this space for upcoming news on the sale.



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