They had been in the United States since 1947 when they did a tour to promote AA Milne
's books and his American publishers held on to them, claiming that the author had given them away.
's old school, Westminster, and the Garrick Club, where he was a member, are two of the institutions that could receive windfalls of up to pounds 50 million if Disney agree a new copyright deal on the bear.
Instead the profits from the pounds 40 million sale to Disney - the rights were left to them by writer and former member AA Milne
- will be split between a charitable trust and the upkeep of the club.
Generations of readers have wondered what became of Christopher Robin and Pooh Bear after AA Milne
's The House At Pooh Corner, the sequel to Winnie the Pooh.
These included AA Milne
's 80-year-old Winnie The Pooh, Eric Carle's 35-year-old The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Dr Seuss' The Cat In The Hat and Maurice Sendak's Where The Wild Things Are.
Never Mind The Buzzcocks panellist and BBC 6 Music host Phill Jupitus opted for Winnie-The-Pooh by AA Milne
, while comedienne and broadcaster Jo Brand chose George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four.
Three Disney shorts were strung together for the studio's 22nd film of the exploits of AA Milne
's bumbling bear.
1956: AA Milne
, author of children's books, notably Winnie the Pooh, died.
The family of Stephen Slesinger, the man who bought the rights to the Winnie the Pooh name from author AA Milne
in 1929, is suing the cartoon giant claiming it has cheated them out of millions of pounds of revenue since 1983.
But, among the true aficionados of Pooh, as written in the 1920s by AA Milne
, it was Peter Dennis who truly brought to life not just Winnie the Pooh but all the other inhabitants of the Hundred-Acre Wood.
7 = Goldilocks and The Three Bears, by Jan Brett; Winnie The Pooh, by AA Milne
; Meg and Mog, by Jan Pienkowski; Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll; Stig of The Dump, by Clive King
The image of the six-year-old, with typically shaggy hair and clearly very attached to his teddy, is part of a photograph album taken of AA Milne
's family at Cotchford Farm in Kent.