Gruf­falo beck­ons grown-ups

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODBEACHES -

NEW YORK: From the Gruf­falo to the Grinch and Win­nie the Pooh to the Wild Things, grown-ups are tak­ing a keen in­ter­est these lit­er­ary beasts – and it isn’t just nos­tal­gia. Gal­leries re­port that orig­i­nal book il­lus­tra­tions are be­ing seen as a good in­vest­ment and some­thing fa­mil­iar to hang on the walls.

The Illustration Cup­board, a Lon­don gallery spe­cial­is­ing in such works, says turnover has leapt 90 per­cent in three years. The gallery re­cently sold an E H Shep­ard illustration for a 1931 ver­sion of Ken­neth Gra­hame’s The Wind in the Wil­lows for £50 000 (R625 675). – The Independent on Sun­day

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