Let­ter from ‘Win­nie the Pooh’ to young fan fetches more than $15,000

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A 1935 let­ter signed by “Win­nie the Pooh” — ac­tu­ally writ­ten by il­lus­tra­tor Ernest Howard Shep­ard — fetched triple its ex­pected amount when it sold for more than $15,000.

The note, which in­cluded a draw­ing of the tit­u­lar bear from A.A. Milne’s book se­ries as well as best friend Piglet, apol­o­gized to a young fan named “Buf­fkins” for miss­ing his birth­day party, UPI re­ported.

Do­minic Win­ters Au­tion­eers said “Buf­fkins” was a child­hood nick­name for Harry Stopes-roe, whose mother, Marie Stopes, was a close friend of Shep­ard. The Stopes-roe fam­ily said Harry would of­ten in­vited “Win­nie the Pooh” to his birth­day par­ties, and the il­lus­tra­tor would re­spond with a let­ter apol­o­giz­ing for the bear’s ab­sence.

The let­ter was rid­dled with in­ten­tional Pooh-es­que mis­spellings.

“We are teri­bly sorry that we shant be able to come to your party on March 30th but we are go­ing to be away. Thank you so much for in­vite­ing us,” the note read.

The let­ter had been ex­pected to fetch a top bid of up to $5,000 when it went un­der the ham­mer, but it ended up sell­ing for a to­tal $15,521.

Shep­ard, who died in 1976, was famed as the il­lus­tra­tor for Milne’s books, as well as his 50-year ten­ure at Punch mag­a­zine.

DO­MINIC WIN­TER AUC­TION­EERS

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