Original Winnie-The-Pooh map to fetch £150,000 at auction

The original map of Winnie-The-Pooh's charming Hundred Acre Wood is expected to sell for up to £150,000 at auction.

E.H. Shepard's original 1926 sketch - said to be 'probably the most famous map in English literature' - has remain unseen for nearly half a century.

It depicts in loving detail the world of Christopher Robin and his woodland friends in the original book.  

The map also played a starring role in the Disney film, Winnie-The-Pooh And The Honey Tree, where it was animated as part of the movie's opening sequence.

The map, which has been described as 'probably the most famous in English literature', is expected to fetch up to £150,000 when it goes to auction 

E.H. Shepard's original map depicts the world Christopher Robin shares with Winnie and his woodland friends 

E.H. Shepard's original map depicts the world Christopher Robin shares with Winnie and his woodland friends 

It was first sold by Sotheby's in 1968, where it sold for £650, before the auction house sold it again to a private collector two years later for £1,700

It was first sold by Sotheby's in 1968, where it sold for £650, before the auction house sold it again to a private collector two years later for £1,700

As well as capturing the book's woodland world, it also features AA Milne's much-loved characters including Eeyore, Winnie-The-Pooh and Christopher Robin.

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

It was first sold by Sotheby's in 1968, where it sold for £650, before the auction house sold it again to a private collector two years later for £1,700.

It comes amid an increased interest in illustrations from collectors, particularly Shepard's work, according to Sotheby's senior specialist in printed books and manuscripts, Dr Philip Errington.

In 2014 an original ink drawing portraying the characters playing poohsticks sold for £314,500

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