December 10, 2014 8:27 AM EST

It seems that a drawing of Winnie the Pooh with Christopher Robin is quite the honeypot.

An image of the favorite childhood bear playing pooh sticks with Piglet and Christopher Robin has sold at auction for £314,500, or nearly $500,000, the Guardian reports.

Illustrated by EH Shepard and first published in 1928, the image has been in private collection for more than 40 years. The ink drawing was featured in Chapter 6 of A.A. Milne’s The House at Pooh Corner, “in which Pooh invents a new game and Eeyore joins in.”

The scene captured Piglet, Christopher Robin and Pooh playing on a bridge inspired by a wooden crossing known as Posingford Bridge, at Hartfield Farm, Sussex. “For a long time they looked at the river beneath them, saying nothing, and the river said nothing too, for it felt very quiet and peaceful on this summer afternoon,” Milne wrote of the scene.

Sotheby’s, which handled the auction, had expected the illustration to fetch between £100,000 and £150,000.

[The Guardian]

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