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Big-ticket gifts

For the man or woman who has everything: How about original artwork by Winnie the Pooh illustrator E.H. Shepard? Or Dreams From My Father, signed by the President-elect and his wife? 

A collection of Shepard's drawings for the A.A. Milne books brought about $2 million in a London auction last week, Reuters reported. The image "He went on tracking, and Piglet ... ran after him," sold for about $200,000. The second highest bid was for "Bump, bump, bump - going up the stairs," which depicts Christopher Robin dragging his bear by the leg up the stairs.

Meanwhile AbeBooks.com reports some more reasonable deals on recent sales. Among them: Dreams From My Father, $5,000 for edition signed by Barack and Michelle Obama; Space Odyssey Series by Arthur C. Clarke, $3,750 for signed, complete set of first editions; Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, $3,000 for First American edition, one of 250 numbered copies signed by the author; The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice, $3,000 for signed, complete set (10) of first editions.

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Nancy, are you reading this? Hint, hint.


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