Original Winnie-the-Pooh map breaks auction record

Sotheby's employee holds illustrated map of the Hundred Acre Wood

The original drawing of the map that appears inside the cover of A.A. Milne's beloved book "Winnie-the-Pooh" sold at a Sotheby's auction for almost $600,000 - a record for any book illustration.

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. In 2014, an ink drawing of the characters playing the game poohsticks sold for a then-record 314,500 pounds.

The map was supposed to have been drawn by young boy Christopher Robin, one of the main characters in the book and one of Pooh's best friends.

Forty years later, it played a starring role in the Disney film "Winnie-the-Pooh and the Honey Tree" where it was brought to life as an animation in the film's opening sequence.

Many of his works were inspired by his son Christopher Robin and the young boy's stuffed toys, whom the books' characters are based on.

The drawing is littered with misspelt locations, such as "nice for picnicks" and "100 aker wood", and the illustration is signed off with the words "Drawn by me and Mr Shepard helpd".

The illustrated map sold for £430,000 at auction house Sotheby's, while four other original Winnie-the-Pooh illustrations fetched a further £487,500 - a total of £917,500.

Among the sketches was a drawing of Christopher Robin and Pooh walking hand-in-hand to say their final goodbye in Milne's book The House At Pooh Corner.

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