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Rare Micky Mouse toy found in Brighton

The Argus: Ben Whitmore with two of his Disney toys going up for auction Ben Whitmore with two of his Disney toys going up for auction

A rare and valuable piece of Disney memorabilia has been found in Brighton.

Ben Whitmore’s rare Mickey Mouse toy will be auctioned at an exhibition of Disney memorabilia.

The 24-year-old, of Chatham Place, Brighton, has collected hundreds of Disney items, but had no idea how rare his Steamboat Mickey stuffed toy, bought on a holiday to Disney World in Florida, was until he decided to clear out some of his huge collection to make room to move to a smaller flat.

He has been collecting Disney artefacts all his life and comes from a family of devoted Disney fans.

He said: “I hadn’t really realised it was a valuable piece.

“I knew I had a lot of stuff, but didn’t know it was that hard to find.

“I must have well over 100 pieces.

“There are a few select pieces I keep on display, but most of my collection is never seen by anyone.

“I would love for it to go to someone else who can really enjoy it.”

Holiday souvenir

Internet ad trafficker Ben said that many of the rarest pieces of his collection had been bought as holiday souvenirs – he cannot even remember on which of his numerous trips to Disney World he bought the toy.

Ben kept his stuffed toys in perfect condition and they have been described by an independent Disney expert as being “unique and desirable”.

They are expected to sell for several hundred pounds at The Mickey and Oswald’s Epic Tales exhibition, taking place from today Friday (November 23) to Sunday, November 25 in London.

Expert valuer Patrick Van der Vorst, a former Sotheby’s director and founder of the website Valuemystuff.com, co-ordinated the search for rare Mickey memorabilia.

He said: “There were some great items unearthed in this search.

“It proves there are so many fascinating pieces of Mickey memorabilia out there, and often people are not aware of their item’s historical context and value.”

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7:54am Fri 23 Nov 12

george smith says...

One big ad then
One big ad then george smith
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8:27am Fri 23 Nov 12

ShorehamBeachcomber says...

If a 24 year old can buy something on a trip in Disney it is NOT rare, I wonder who knows who to get this free ad in?
If a 24 year old can buy something on a trip in Disney it is NOT rare, I wonder who knows who to get this free ad in? ShorehamBeachcomber
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9:08am Fri 23 Nov 12

Hove Actually says...

They looked like his Nan had knitted them to me
They looked like his Nan had knitted them to me Hove Actually
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9:17am Fri 23 Nov 12

John Steed says...

I have a mickey mouse post card posted 15th august 1935 deal kent featuring micky and minnie and a large picture of mickey, signed by walt from the same prewar era, thats what you call rare.
now as all my tribe have been to disney world more than a few times I am going to have to rummage through the grandchildrens toy boxes.
meanwhile any bids for my mint 2005 disney animal kingdom Mug from disney world, pens and pencils not included
I have a mickey mouse post card posted 15th august 1935 deal kent featuring micky and minnie and a large picture of mickey, signed by walt from the same prewar era, thats what you call rare. now as all my tribe have been to disney world more than a few times I am going to have to rummage through the grandchildrens toy boxes. meanwhile any bids for my mint 2005 disney animal kingdom Mug from disney world, pens and pencils not included John Steed
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2:02pm Fri 23 Nov 12

The Gnome says...

Another example of the Mickey Mouse journalism that you get on this site.
Another example of the Mickey Mouse journalism that you get on this site. The Gnome
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