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Oh boy – vintage Mickey Mouse posters to fetch thousands at auction

LONDON (Reuters) – Seven uncommon vintage posters of Mickey Mouse are anticipated to fetch thousands of at an auction that coincides with the 90th anniversary of the cartoon character’s first movie look.

The seven posters, courting from the 1930s and 1940s, went on show on Friday at a commemorative exhibition in London organized by Disney.

They are going beneath the Sotheby’s hammer in an internet auction that runs till Nov. 26. A worth listing in a press release from the auctioneer and Walt Disney Co. UK & Ireland suggests they might fetch greater than 130,000 kilos ($165,000) in whole.

“We’re expecting a lot of interest… There are collectors who collect animation posters from all over the world and Mickey Mouse historically is the most valuable of all the animation characters,” Bruce Marchant, Sotheby’s movie poster marketing consultant, instructed Reuters.

“They’re particularly rare posters from England, France, Belgium and two of them are the only known surviving examples and for three of the others, there are certainly less than five known.”

Such posters had been reused a number of instances at cinemas and, being manufactured from paper, most ultimately fell aside and had been thrown away. “So they were never meant to be looked at 80-90 years later” or seen as artistic endeavors, Marchant added.

The exhibition, “Mickey’s UK Art Collective Exhibition”, can also be showcasing new Mickey-inspired works by established and rising UK artists together with Jimmy C, Michael Bosanko and Pal Kumar.

($1 = zero.7789 kilos)

Reporting Hanna Rantala, Writing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise; modifying by John Stonestreet

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