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Charlotte's Web cover art sold at New York auction

Original 1952 cover of Charlotte's Web
Image caption EB White's book has been made into both animated and live action films

The original 1952 cover art for children's book Charlotte's Web has sold for more than $155,000 (£97,000) at a New York auction.

The artwork for EB White's book, about the friendship between a spider and a pig, was drawn by Garth Williams.

It fetched more than five times its pre-sale estimate, scoring a record for the artist's work.

A spokesman for Heritage Auctions said the buyer was a New York collector who wished to remain anonymous.

The late artist's family submitted 42 of his original illustrations for the classic tale to the auction, selling for a combined total of $780,245 (£487,927).

Another famous drawing from the book entitled: There Was the Handsome Pig, and Over Him, Woven Neatly in Block Letters, Was the Word TERRIFIC, sold for $95,600 (£59,800).

"The response to the Charlotte's Web art was tremendous, especially to the iconic cover art," Barry Sandoval from Heritage Auctions said.

"We expected that the cover art would exceed our initial estimate of $30,000 (£19,000) or more, but for it to break $150,000 (£94,000) is breathtaking.

"It just shows how universally beloved this book and this art really are," he added.

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