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Paddington Bear book could make £9k at auction

By Staff Reporter

A copy of Paddington Bear's first adventures - complete with handwritten notes by its creator Michael Bond - is expected to fetch around £9,000 at auction on Monday.

The book, a first edition from 1958, will be sold off to raise money for Quentin Blake's House of Illustration.

The charity, which runs a gallery dedicated to the art of illustration, opened in London this year.

Bond revealed he based Paddington's battered hat and duffle coat on clothes he wore himself and the label around his neck was inspired by "memories of evacuees arriving in my home town of Reading during the war".

The book will be auctioned at Sotheby's in London.

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