TIMONIUM, Md. – A pair of rare, giant display-model dolls of Walt Disney’s Mickey and Minnie Mouse sold for $151,534 (including 15 percent buyer’s premium) in the Hake’s Americana & Collectibles auction that concluded Sept. 27.
The 44-inch-tall Mickey and 48-inch-tall Minnie were promotional items for the Charlotte Clark line of dolls produced in the early 1930s. The duo now holds the honor of being the most expensive Disney toys ever sold at auction. A private collector and longtime Hake’s customer was the purchaser.
Following Mickey’s introduction as a Clark doll in 1930, Minnie arrived in toyshops the following year. They were produced in three standard sizes: 8.5 inches, 13.5 inches and 18 inches. Only a very small number of the largest ones were made for display at prominent movie theaters, retail stores and the occasional photo shoot with Walt Disney himself.
“While the strong market for vintage Disney collectibles led us to have high expectations for these extremely rare dolls, we’re happy to say that our goals were definitely surpassed,” said John K. Snyder Jr., president of Diamond International Galleries. “We also saw top prices for a significant number of other items in a wide variety of categories.”
For additional details on this auction, log on to www.hakes.com or call 866-404-9800.