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Winnie the Pooh prints. Poohsticks auction.

24th Feb 2015

Winnie the Pooh prints.

A familiar image of Winnie the Pooh as he played Poohsticks with Piglet and Christopher Robin has sold at auction for more than £300,000.

The illustration by EH Shepard, first published in 1928 and one of the most famous images of Pooh, had been in a private collection for more than 40 years.

It had been expected to fetch between £100,000 and £150,000 but finally went for £314,500.

Sotheby’s said: “The illustration can be counted among the most familiar, and most loved, cultural references in English literature.”

You know if you love the Pooh stories and grew up with them,it’s not about the price it sold for or who bought it.Someone obviously loved it enough to pay that sum for it,yet we can see it and remember it and show our children that wonderful image of Pooh and Piglet and Christopher Robin leaning over the bridge and just enjoy that sense of childhood adventure and innocence.We can all have that and it does not have to cost us a fortune.

This the part of the story when they first begin playing Poohsticks:

 

” I think we should all play Poohsticks ”  So they did. Eeyore,who had never played Poohsticks before,won more times than anybody else; and Roo fell in twice, the first time by accident and the second time on purpose, because he suddenly saw Kanga coming from the forest and he knew that he’d have to go to bed anyhow.So then Rabbit said he’d go with them; and Tigger and Eeyore went off together, because Eeyore wanted to tell Tigger How to Win at Playing Poohsticks,which you do by letting your stick drop in a twitchy sort of way, if you understand what I mean. Tigger and Christopher Robin and Pooh and Piglet were left on the bridge by themselves.

For a long time they looked at the river beneath them, saying nothing, and the river said nothing too, for it felt very quiet and peaceful on this summer afternoon.
Helen Costelloe.

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