Friday 31st August 2018 - Della Bentham
With the release of the latest move; Christopher Robin, demand for Winnie The Pooh collectables is high.
Can you believe that the loveable character that is Winnie The Pooh was first published back in 1926! While it’s hard for most of us to remember a time before the fuzzy old bear, I never realised quite how old he was.
The release of the Christopher Robin film this summer has reignited peoples passion for the characters of the story, a bunch of soft toys with their own unique and relatable personalities who inhabit the 100-acre wood.
The stories of Pooh Bear and his friends have spawned numerous pieces of merchandise, TV shows and movies over the years, with Disney owning the rights since the 1960’s.
Merchandising for Winnie The Pooh started in the 1930’s, not long after the first book was published and it has been produced ever since. There are collector’s globally for merchandise of Pooh Bear & demand is high. The availability of high-quality pieces can be few and far between, with the target market being children, who don’t have future values in mind, they love, cherish, read and play with the items. This can make prices climb for the items that survive in good condition.
Back in 2013 a private collection of eight of the first ever sketches of Winnie the Pooh went for a whopping £600,000!
Back in July, a 1926 sketch of the 100-acre wood by EH Shepard which had been unseen for almost 50 years broke auction records when it sold for £430,000!
The stories are based on a soft toy that was owned by the author's son, Christopher Robin Milne. This bear was originally purchased in Harrods and is now housed at the New York public library.
Whether based on the original E.H Shepard drawings, or the Disney interpretations, there are collectors worldwide who want a piece of the Pooh Bear Pie so to speak.
Tomorrow a First Edition 'Winnie The Pooh' by AA Milne from 1926 with dust cover, goes to auction with Kent Auction Galleries. This book was published by Methuen & Co. Ltd. 36 Essex Street London WC. Alongside it is a Third Edition 'Now We Are Six' book with dust cover. This pair has an estimate of £400-£600. If you fancy bidding you can pop over to our website with the link above.
On September the 5th some more first editions go under the hammer minus the dust jackets. This set of 4 first editions which includes: Winnie The Pooh, Now We Are Six, The House At Pooh Corner and When We Were Very Young go under the hammer with Bourne End Auction. These have an estimate of £100-£200. Again you can click the link if you want to place a bid.
Books aren't the only collectables, Beswick made a series of collectable ceramic figures between 1968 and 1990, they were produced in the Disney style. Figures from this series can fetch £50-£60 with one featuring Christopher Robin himself worth £120. During the 90's Royal Doulton produced a series of collectable figures in the original style of E.H Shepard. They were Royal Doulton's most popular issue ever. Early versions of this which feature a 70th-anniversary backstamp, can achieve double their original prices!
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