The rarest of the rare - Mickey Mouse earliest car mascot, British, 1930, the main body created in Cire Perdue( hollow cast ) bronze with chrome plating, with engraved inscription around the base 'Reproduced By Consent of Walter E. Disney', depicting the famous character film star in ‘laid back’ casual and jaunty highly amusing pose, one hand resting on on hip the other giving 'thumbs-up' sign. His mischievous facial expression with right pie-crust eye and the left eye winking perfectly portrays the crafty most famous mouse on the planet. This is the earliest, rarest and finest of all Mickey Mouse original motor car Mascots, and surely the ideal purchase for an advanced and fastidious collector wishing to own the ultimate’ mascot work of art’. Totally fresh to the marketplace in 2019 and offered from Tony Wraight, the World’s leading dealer in only the rarest and finest mascots for the past 55 years.
Mounted in its original 1930 radiator cap, that it has always been mounted on. It measures 14cms high excluding the cap. 16cms including cap.
It is in totally correct and in excellent condition with its original 1930 chrome plating with normal honest wear and patination from decades of loving polishing from its past owners, giving a unique and highly attractive two tone contrast of bronze and chrome. Small age nicks to the base and edge of the radiator cap, which is complete with its original radiator cap inner rubber washer. Never re-plated or restored in any way. The original mounting stud is still rusted firmly to the cap from decades of use on the car it originally adorned. It would be quite impossible to find a more original mascot anywhere today which still amazingly retains its original cap it was mounted on from new.
The last similar unrestored example sold in USA made $33,500 on 14th August 2009. That exact mascot was purchased by the late Diane Disney Miller ( 1933-2013 ) and is now housed in the Mickey Mouse Family museum in San Francisco. Presented in conjunction with the museum’s tenth anniversary, a special exhibition of Mickey Mouse memorabilia will be displayed in the Diane Disney Miller Exhibition Hall from May 16, 2019 through January 6, 2020. Largely responsible for all Disney merchandising in the 1930s was Kay Kamen (1892–1949) who was called a "stickler for quality." Kamen was recognized by The Walt Disney Company as having a significant part in Mickey's rise to stardom and was named a Disney Legend in 1998.
Reference : Book Reference to the mascot- Plate 18, Car Mascots an Enthusiasts Guide, by Sirignano and Sulzberger.
Further general reference about Mickey Mouse :
Mickey Mouse is a famous animal cartoon character and the official mascot of The Walt Disney Company. He was created by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks at the Walt Disney studios in 1928. An anthropomorphic mouse who typically wears red shorts, large yellow shoes, and white gloves, Mickey has become one of the world's most recognizable characters. Mickey first was seen in a single test screening (Plane Crazy). Mickey officially debuted in the short film Steamboat Willie (1928), one of the first sound cartoons. He went on to appear in over 130 films, including The Band Concert (1935), Brave Little Tailor (1938), and Fantasia (1940). Mickey appeared primarily in short films, but also occasionally in feature-length films. Ten of Mickey's cartoons were nominated for the academy award for best animated short film, one of which, Lend a Paw, won the award in 1942. In 1978, Mickey became the first cartoon character to have a star on the Hollywood walk of fame. Beginning in 1930, Mickey has also been featured extensively as a comic strip character. His self-titled newspaper strip, drawn primarily by Floyd Gottfredson, ran for 45 years.
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