UK: ANTIQUE TOY BEAR CLAIMED TO HAVE BEEN OWNED BY AUTHOR A.A. MILNE'S SON CHRISTOPHER ROBIN, SELLS FOR...
- Title: UK: ANTIQUE TOY BEAR CLAIMED TO HAVE BEEN OWNED BY AUTHOR A.A. MILNE'S SON CHRISTOPHER ROBIN, SELLS FOR 4,600 POUNDS STERLING AT AUCTION
- Date: 1st March 1995
- Summary: LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM (MARCH 1, 1995) (REUTERS TELEVISION - AVAILABLE ALL) 1. GV/VARIOUS OF TEDDY BEARS ON DISPAY PRIOR TO AUCTION (7 SHOTS) 0.35 2. SLV/SV ALLEGED "WINNIE THE POOH" ON DISPLAY DOCUMENTATION TELLING OF OWNER (ENGLISH) (4 SHOTS) 0.57 3. GV AUCTION 1.01 4. SV VARIOUS OF AUCTION PROCEEDINGS (3 SHOTS) 1.10 5. SV BEAR/AUCTIONEER ANNOUNCING SALE OF "WINNIE THE POOH", CONFIRMS "IT WAS NOT CHRISTOPHER ROBIN'S, BUT I BELIEVE IT WAS OWNED BY AUTHOR A.A. MILNE (ENGLISH) (2 SHOTS) 1.12 6. SV/VARIOUS OF AUCTION PROCEEDINGS "WINNIE THE POOH" SOLD FOR 4,600 POUNDS STERLING (7,300 U.S. DOLLARS) (3 SHOTS) 1.54 7. ZOOM-OUT TO AUDIENCE GETTING UP TO LEAVE AFTER AUCTION 2.05 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Location: LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
- Country: United Kingdom
- Duration: 00:02:05
- Story Text: An antique toy bear, earlier claimed to have been owned by author A.A. Milne's son Christopher Robin, sold for 4,600 pounds sterling (7,300 United States dollars) at auction in London on Wednesday (March 1), well over the estimate of up to 3,000 pounds (4,700 dollars).
The row over the identity of the teddy bear advertised as Winnie the Pooh was resolved earlier in the day when auctioneers confirmed it was not Christopher Robin's bear.
Milne's son Christopher Robin, now aged 70 and living in the English county of Devon, has insisted he never owned the toy.
And as bear collectors and enthusiasts packed the London auction house, Bonhams admitted: "Since the catalogue was printed we have discovered that this bear did not belong to Christopher Robin Milne.
"A.A. Milne might well have bought it, but he probably gave it to somebody else." The announcement came in an amendment to the catalogue.
The controversial bear was made by English company Farnell and bought in the 1920s from Harrods.
Christopher Robin Milne told newspapers on Wednesday: "The only bear I know of is the original which is in the New York Public Library." Bonhams originally offered the bear with a certificate of authentification, dated 1962, from another British auction house, Samuel Platt.
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