Sunday, June 25, 2017

E. H. Shepard: Reaching for the Honey Jar

A colored drawing of piglet and Winnie-the-Pooh by Ernest H. Shepard is signed and dated 28 January 1970. It depicts Pooh Bear reaching for a jar of honey and is inscribed "Replica drawing for Leif Dahlberg." It was sold in September of 2015 in Nottingham for 12,000 GBP to London's Chris Beetles Gallery, where it was exhibited at "The Illustrators" 2015 show. It is still available from the gallery for 45,000 GBP. Assuming a buyer's premium and other expenses of about 3,000 GBP from the auction house, this price represents a dealer markup of about 200%. Talk about reaching for the honey jar!

E. H. Shepard
International Autograph Auctions
September 26, 2015

Chris Beetles Item Listing as of June 24, 2017

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