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Winnie-the-Pooh

  • Mark Hill
  • 13 Apr 2010

animation cellWinnie the Pooh, Britain’s best-loved bear, first appeared in the London Evening News on Christmas Eve 1925. Since his debut, Pooh’s popularity has grown and he remains a firm favorite with fans of all ages. The cuddly character, created by A.A. Milne, and all his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood have inspired a huge variety of items from stuffed toys to clothing ranges. Memorabilia and merchandise are available to suit every pocket. While some recent mass-produced items may be currently worth only a few pounds, certain ceramic figures can cost far more and early rare pieces can sell for thousands of pounds!

First editionAt the higher end of the market are harder to find pieces dating from the 1920s and 30s. A first edition of the book Winnie the Pooh dating from 1924, published by Methuen and complete with dust wrapper could sell for around £3,000. Many first editions dating from the 1920s to the present were released in large numbers but some examples may be worth up to £30 or more depending on rarity and condition.

HeffalumpAlso attracting higher prices are the stuffed toys of US company Agnes Brush. Produced in the 1940s and 1950s, an Agnes Brush Winnie the Pooh is now worth around £300-400 while a rare Heffalump could cost around £600-900. Disney acquired the rights to Winnie the Pooh in 1961 and have produced a vast array of related merchandise over the years.

<a href='/a-to-z/beswick/'>Beswick</a> PoohAnother persistently popular Pooh collecting area is Beswick figures. Based on the Walt Disney cartoons rather than the original illustrations by E.H Shephard, the Winnie Pooh range was initially introduced in 1968 with a second series following in 1996. A Beswick Pooh figure 2193 (pictured), made between 1968 and 1990 and designed by Albert Hallam, could be worth around £30-40.

Recent pieces may not be very valuable at the moment, but can be a useful start to a collection. Look for Limited Edition pieces in perfect condition as they have the potential to rise in value. Not bad for a bear of ‘very little brain!’