The images are world famous, even if the artists’ names are not. Works by Ernest Howard Shepard (“Winnie-the-Pooh”), Maurice Sendak (“Where the Wild Things Are”), Hilary Knight (“Eloise”), and Garth Williams (“Charlotte’s Web”) will be featured at Bonhams Illustration Sale next week in New York. Of the 261 lots on offer at the two-session sale, the leading one is likely to be Maurice Sendak’s poster design promoting the 1990 International Board on Books for Young People, estimated at $400,000-700,000.
Another lot likely to generate high interest at the June 22nd sale is Ernest Howard Shepherd’s sketch of a pensive Pooh and Piglet, an illustration that concludes the first edition of the book (est. $100,000-200,000). Other highlights include four of Shepherd’s illustrations representing Eeyore titled “The Tail is Lost” (est. $60,000-80,000), and a drawing of several characters at “Pooh’s Party” (est. $80,000-$120,000).
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