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According to Agence France-Presse, E.H. Shepard’s ink drawing of Pooh playing Poohsticks with Piglet and Christopher Robin broke the world record for any book illustration sold by Sotheby’s auction house. A pencil drawing of the same scene went fore more than $92,000 last year.
The piece was first published in 1928 in A.A. Milne’s The House at Pooh Corner, serving both as an illustration for Chapter 6 — “In which Pooh invents a new game and Eeyore joins in” — and as the frontispiece.
Even as Batman, The Joker and other costumed characters fight for their place in Times Square, a certain willy silly nilly old bear has found himself banned from a playground in Poland.
According to the Croatian Times, Winnie-the-Pooh’s troubles began not with a honeypot but rather when officials in the small town of Tuszyn (87 miles southwest of Warsaw) tried to settle on a mascot for the public playground. When talk turned to A.A. Milne’s beloved character, the town council’s more conservative members protested.
What followed was the Hundred Acre Wood version of swiftboating — Poohsticking, maybe? — as he was accused of being “inappropriately dressed” and of “dubious sexuality.” Yes, during a town council meeting, that was thankfully recorded by one of the members and then leaked to local media.
Strange things are afoot in the Hundred Acre Wood in Giant Hamburger’s Alien vs. Pooh, a disturbingly adorable mash-up of A.A. Milne’s lovable stuffed bear and H.R. Giger terrifying acid-blooded xenomorph. Look for a guest appearance by another extraterrestrial beastie, too.