A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh is famously inspired by his life in Sussex
A map created for the original Winnie-the-Pooh book of 1926 is to be sold. Sotheby’s, an American multi-national company, are selling the piece. The company are known as brokers of various luxury items, mostly in art, real estate and fashion.
Sotheby’s are selling the item for a staggering £100,000-150,000. They have cited the item as “probably the most famous map in English literature”, justifying its asking price. The original works have also not been publicly seen for nearing 50 years.
The work was created by E.H. Shepard and used at the start of A.A. Milne’s first Pooh book, and in the 1966 Disney film.
A.A. Milne’s works relate directly to his family life during his time in Ashdown Forest in East Sussex. The Hundred Acre Wood is directly inspired by Ashford Forest. Also, the book itself is inspired by Milne’s family life in Sussex, with Christopher Robin’s character inspired by his son of the same name.
This auction seems to be arriving at a perfect time, mirroring the release of a new A.A. Milne biopic. The film, starring Ewan McGregor as Milne, will focus on the authors personal life, through the lens of his creation of Winnie-the-Pooh.
The piece will be sold in July, before the August release of Christopher Robin, and represents the ever-present influence of Milne’s legacy.
This is a great time to celebrate the rich literary history of the Sussex area, and to appreciate the beautiful county we live in.