News | November 23, 2023

Charlie Mackesy's The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the horse Original Works at Bonhams


Charlie Mackesy, One Day You'll See, watercolour and ink on paper. Estimate: £3,000-5,000 

Published in October 2019, Charlie Mackesy’s The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse was a number one New York Times bestseller and has been translated into over 55 different languages. Consigned by the artist and author himself, Bonhams is presenting The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse: Original Works by Charlie Mackesy featuring a selection of original works produced during the making of the book and the Academy Award Winning animated short film. 

The online auction will run on December  7-18  with viewing at Bonhams Knightsbridge December 10-12 .

“Charlie Mackesy is an inspiration to many, sharing the simple message of kindness and hope through his work," said Catherine King, Bonhams Head of Sale. "Providing an inside-look into his creative process, this 45-lot sale includes original works from The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse and studies for his Oscar-winning animated film. The sale also features working drawings which might appear in future published works by Mackesy.”

Additional highlights of the sale include We Don’t Know About Tomorrow (ink and watercolour on paper, estimate: £3,000-5,000) and Sometimes Your Mind Plays Tricks On You (watercolour and ink on paper, estimate: £3,000-5,000).

British artist, illustrator and author Charlie Mackesy began his career as a cartoonist for The Spectator before becoming a book illustrator for Oxford University Press. His award-winning work has been exhibited widely and featured in books, private collections, galleries, school classrooms, hospital wards, prisons, and public spaces around the world. 

In 2023, the short-animated film adaption of The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse won the BAFTA Award for Best British Film, the Academy Award for Best Animated Short film and five Annie Awards including Best Special Production. The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse: The Animated Story was published in November 2023 to accompany the animated short film.