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'Tigger, Pooh, Piglet and Eeyore' in an EH Shepard drawing sold for $75,000 (£54,350) at Heritage.

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Sold at $75,000 (£54,350) was ‘It Appears You have Eaten a Bee’. It is one of Shepard’s illustrations for a chapter in AA Milne’s The House at Pooh Corner titled ‘In which Tigger comes to the Forest and has Breakfast’.

The Heritage sale on April 3 was led at $80,000 (£57,970) by one of Alberto Vargas’ much admired pin-ups, Mara Corday, True Girl of 1952.

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Charles Addams drawing – $70,000 (£50,725) at Heritage.

Bid to $70,000 (£50,725), a very much higher than expected sum and, said Heritage, an auction record, was a Charles Addams ink and watercolour drawing of the grim decorations seemed appropriate for the Christmas tree to be found in the home of the Addams family, his most famous creation.

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Chesley Bonestell’s artwork for The Exploration of Mars – $70,000 (£50,725) at Heritage.

Also bid to $70,000 was Chesley Bonestell’s original artwork for the dust jacket of The Exploration of Mars, a collaborative work by Will Ley, a well-known sci-fi writer, and the German rocket scientist Wernher von Braun. The illustration depicts a winged rocket orbiting Mars after its 25-day flight.