First Editions: Redrawn at Sotheby's

A fundraising auction of unique, classic illustrated first editions on behalf of House of Illustration


  • Becky Brewis
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We are delighted to announce that on Monday 8th December we will be holding a fundraising auction, First Editions: Redrawn, in partnership with Sotheby’s. To see the catalogue visit the Sotheby's website or scroll down.

First Editions: Redrawn will be a unique auction of re-illustrated and annotated first editions from some of the world’s greatest living illustrators. Thirty-four acclaimed illustrators – and some authors – have returned to one of their classic books, adding extra illustrations, comments on existing drawings and personal insights about the motivation behind characters. 

This has resulted in 38 unique lots - the definitive editions of 38 timeless classics.

Whether you are a book collector, an illustration enthusiast, a passionate fan of the book itself or someone who remembers the book as part of your own, or your children's childhood, there is something here to surprise and delight everyone.

All the funds raised from the auction - Sotheby's has very generously waived all sale commission and the illustrators have very generously donated their work - will go to support House of Illustration. We moved into our new home this summer, and the artistic and educational potential of our new space is even more exciting than we predicted, but we need funding to fulfil its potential.

The proceeds of this auction will enable us to fulfil our creative ambitions for our new home; to extend our exhibition range, to encourage and foster new illustration talent and to support our education and outreach work with schools and local communites. Illustration inspires a love of reading, writing and drawing, promoting both literacy and visual literacy.

The auction will be held at Sotheby's, 34-35 New Bond Street, London W1A 2AA on Monday 8 December at 7.30pm (doors open at 7.15pm) and everyone is welcome. The books can be viewed at Sotheby's on Friday 6, Sunday 7 and Monday 8 December before the sale - see catalogue for details.

There are a number of ways to bid:

  • In person on the night at Sotheby's - doors open at 7.15pm
  • In advance of the auction: to place a bid, contact Sotheby's bid department on 020 7293 5283
  • By phone on the night: register in advance of the auction with Sotheby's bid department on 020 7293 5283 who will phone you in advance of the lot(s) you are interested in

Click the link below to see the beautiful lots on offer. For more information about the sale contact Dr Philip Errington at Sotheby's on 020 7293 5302.