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.
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.
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.