Today, Sothebyâ€™s London sold the finest single collection of E.H. Shepardâ€™s original drawings for Winnie-the-Pooh books to have come on the market. The collection of Stanley J. Seeger & Christopher Cone realised the extraordinary total of Â£1,262,863 ($1,968,046), well in excess of the pre-sale high estimate for the sale (est. Â£648,900-931,500).
The top-selling lot in this afternoonâ€™s sale was one of the most iconic and best loved illustrations of Pooh, â€˜He went on tracking, and Piglet . . . ran after himâ€™ and was extremely sought-after and contested for by more than four bidders in the saleroom and on the telephones. The illustration sold for the remarkable sum of Â£115,250 – more than double its pre-sale low estimate (est. Â£40,000-60,000) â€“ establishing a new auction record for a drawing by E.H. Shepard.
The next highest price was for, â€˜Bump, bump, bump â€“ going up the stairsâ€™, which sold for Â£97,250 and then “When Christopher Robin had nailed it on in its right place…”, which brought Â£73,25.