Original Map of Winnie-the-Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood to Fetch £150,000

Fans of Winnie-the-Pooh, it’s time for an adventure! Here comes a good chance for you to get your hands on the map of the Hundred Acre Wood and start your journey with the honey-loving bear and his woodland friends.

The original map of Winnie-the-Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood is going up for auction at Sotheby’s London on July 10. Drawn by illustrator E.H Shepard, the map was featured on the opening end-papers of the 1926 first edition. This famous map in children's literature was last sold in 1970 for £1,700 and it is now estimated at £100,000 - 150,000 (US$133,476 - $200,202).

The sketch introduces readers to the delightful imagination of Christopher Robin and his woodland friends like Eeyore, Roo, Winnie-the-Pooh and Christopher Robin. The map encompasses classic locations from “Pooh Trap for Heffalumps” to “My House” where Christopher Robin is drawn next to it. The map is humorously signed off with the words “Drawn by me and Mr. Shepard helpd.”

Different parts of the map

Also offered at the sales are four rare drawings by E.H Shepard that have also remained unseen for nearly 50 years. Three of them are from The House at Pooh Corner (1928).

A poignant and emotional sketch is of Christopher Robin and Pooh walking hand-in-hand to "an enchanted place on the very top of the Forest" to say their final goodbye. A.A. Milne described this moment as: "…wherever they go, and whatever happens to them on the way, in that enchanted place in the top of the Forest a little boy and his bear will always be playing”.

This one shows the beloved characters playing their favourite game of Pooh Sticks on their special bridge.

It depicts Eeyore floating in the river beneath the bridge

This illustration shows Pooh, Piglet, Roo and Rabbit peering over the bridge playing a game of ‘Poohsticks’.


Lots details

E.H Shepard. The Original Map of the Hundred Acre Wood
Original Ink Drawing. Signed 1926

Estimate: £100,000 – 150,000

E.H Shepard. Ink Drawing from The House at Pooh Corner.

Created in: 1928
Estimate: £80,000 – 120,000

E.H Shepard. Ink Drawing from The House at Pooh Corner.

Created in: 1928
Estimate: £80,000 – 120,000

E.H Shepard. An Enchanted Place on the Very Top of the Forest

Created in: 1928
Estimate: £70,000 – 90,000

E.H Shepard. “For a Long Time They Looked at the River Beneath Them”

Created in: 1929
Estimate: £60,000 – 80,000

Auction details
Auction house: Sotheby’s London
Sale: English Literature, History, Science, Children's Books and Illustrations
Auction: 2018/7/9|10:00 am