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Despite the Disney version of Winne-the-Pooh and other renditions, the most iconic and loved illustrations of 100 Aker Wood and its inhabitants were drawn by E.H. Shepard.

On July 10, the original map of the Wood is being auctioned by Sotheby’s. It is signed with Shepard’s initials, and has been in a private collection for 50 years.

In addition to the map, four other Shepard illustrations are up for monetary grabs, including the picturesque, well, picture of Christopher Robin, Piglet and Pooh leaning over the river bridge. According to Sotheby’s catalog, “A comparison between the preliminary pencil drawing, the original and the re-drawn version highlights a number of differences.

The first, and most striking, is that although Shepard had originally included some form of metal cladding to the post of the bridge, this was not included in the finished published drawing.”

The map is estimated to reach bids from $132,636 to almost $200,000.

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Lamar Green

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