Winnie the Pooh sketch to be auctionedDecember 2, 2010
A rare sketch of Winnie the Pooh done by illustrator E. Shepard as a gift to 2 of his fans is now set to go under the hammer in the Westcountry. According to experts who are closely following this auction, the sketch could fetch thousands of dollars for the seller.
The treasured sketch that has remained in private hands for more than 50 years is expected to fetch £6,000 when the auction is held sometime in January 2011.
In 1954, a group of 3 friends, an actor, a trainee doctor and a librarian decided that they would buy books by A. A. Milne and distribute them in order to "spread the word." In a few days from when they started this initiative they wrote a letter to E. Shepard informing him of what they were doing. E. Shepard in return sent them a small Pooh sketch holding a piece of paper with the words "vote of thank you".
Richard Kay, of auctioneers Lawrences, said: "These two characters are undoubtedly Shepard's most popular subjects and it is very exciting to find them both in one drawing and with such strong provenance.
"The drawing is about the size of a playing card and it is now to be seen at auction for the first time, hopefully making between £4,000 and £6,000."
The sketch and the letter have been stored safely for fifty-six years now, but following the death of two of the members from the trio the last remaining has decided to sell the sketch.
The auction will take place in Crewkerne, Somerset on January 21.