Three original EH Shepard Winnie-the-Pooh drawings for author AA Milne's poem Us Two have auctioned at Sotheby's London this afternoon (July 10) for £45,000 ($67,107).
Comprising an image of Pooh bear loitering outside a butcher's shop, a drawing of Christopher Robin and Winnie-the-Pooh heading up stairs together, and a sketch depicting Pooh and Christopher Robin shooing away a flock of menacing geese - all on a single sheet, the illustrations are as charming as they are valuable.
The EH Shepard and AA Milne-signed ink drawings sold securely within their £40,000-60,000 ($59,696-89,544) estimate, despite exhibiting minor tears and creases as well as slight spotting.
We currently have this beautiful pencil and ink EH Shepard-signed drawing of Winnie-the-Pooh in stock, which remains in excellent condition.
In December 2012, Here is Edward Bear Coming Down the Stairs - Shepard's very first drawing of Winnie-the-Pooh - auctioned from the collection of late film director Michael Winner.
The original artwork sold for £139,250 ($224,505), bringing an increase of 39.2% on its top estimate and becoming the most valuable EH Shepard work ever sold at auction, topping the previous $194,000 world record - held by another drawing of Winnie the Pooh - by 15.7%.
Although Shepard is best known for his drawings of the incorrigible bear, toward the end of his career the illustrator grew disaffected with his fuzzy creation, believing Pooh undermined his more serious, satirical works.
Here at Paul Fraser Collectibles, we are lucky enough to be able to offer this EH Shepard satirical cartoon for sale - yours today for just £6,950 ($10,369).
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