What May Be 'Most Famous Map in English Lit' Up for Grabs

1926 EH Shepard sketch of Hundred Acre Wood appears in AA Milne's 'Winnie-the-Pooh'
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 4, 2018 11:42 AM CDT
The original map of the Hundred Acre Wood by EH Shepard, which appears in AA Milne's "Winnie-the-Pooh," is displayed at Sotheby's auction rooms in London on Thursday.   (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
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(Newser) – Sotheby's is prepping for a children's books and illustrations auction in July, and at the top of the list is what one expert calls "probably the most famous map in English literature." That, per the BBC, would be EH Shepard's original ink sketch of the Hundred Acre Wood from AA Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh, published in 1926. The map—which shows the fictional woodland, as well as depictions of Pooh, Christopher Robin, Eeyore, and Piglet—is expected to fetch up to $200,000. "It's such a valuable piece because it's such an obvious entry into the world of Winnie-the-Pooh," Sotheby's Philip Errington, a senior specialist at the auction house, tells Reuters. Four other Shepard illustrations, which haven't been viewed by the public in nearly a half-century, will also be up for grabs. (Read more Winnie the Pooh stories.)

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