Charlotte`s Web cover art fetches $155K

New York: The original 1952 cover art for `Charlotte`s Web` has sold at auction in New York City for more than $155,000.

Heritage Auctions says the artwork drawn by Garth Williams fetched more than five times its estimated sale price on Friday and is a record for any of Williams` art.

Heritage spokesman Barry Sandoval says the buyer is a New York collector who wishes to remain anonymous.

He says 42 of the late artist`s original illustrations for the celebrated children`s book were auctioned by his family and brought in more than $780,000. The total included the buyer`s premium of 19.5 percent for all winning bids.

E.B. White`s "Charlotte`s Web" is about a friendship between Charlotte the spider and a pig named Wilbur who is saved from slaughter.

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