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Charlotte's Web artwork exceeds estimates at auction

18th October 2010

The original 1952 cover art for the bestselling children's book Charlotte's Web sold for more than five times its estimate at a recent auction.

Drawn by Garth Williams, the artwork for E.B. White's classic book went under the hammer in New York with a pre-sale estimate of USD 30,000 (GBP 19,000) or more.

However, the piece eventually sold for over USD 155,000 after being bought by an anonymous New York collector.

Barry Sandoval from Heritage Auctions, which handled the sale, said its result is 'breathtaking', adding: 'It just shows how universally beloved this book and this art really are.'

The auction also saw another 41 original illustrations from the late artist go up for sale, with a combined total of USD 780,245 being reached.

Mr Sandoval commented: 'The response to the Charlotte's Web art was tremendous, especially to the iconic cover art.'

Last month, it was announced that the world's most expensive book - John James Audubon's Birds of America - will go up for auction in December. When it was last sold 55 years ago, the book commanded a price of USD 8.8 million.
 

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