THE ULTIMATE MICKEY & MINNIE DOLLS BY CHARLOTTE CLARK
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Thursday, September 27, 2007 1:10:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
Auction 192 - Part II
Item numbers 1053 though 2638 in auction 192
In 1930 a new product was introduced to the public, a doll in the likeness of Mickey Mouse. This was produced, much to the delight of Walt and Roy Disney, by Charlotte Clark. Due to its overwhelming success, a year later in 1931, Minnie joined Mickey in toy departments across the United States. The fascinating story of Mrs. Clark is fully explained in both the Disneyana book by Munsey as well as issue #2 of Tomart’s Disneyana Update. There were 3 standard sizes of dolls produced for retail sale by Charlotte Clark- 8.5”, 13.5” and 18” (this measurement is to the tops of their heads).
What we are offering here are the unbelievably rare, giant display model dolls. Mickey is 44” to the tips of his ears; Minnie is 48” to the top of her flower. In our main photo we have the display dolls standing next to a set of the standard 18” tall dolls (not included) to emphasize their enormity. As you can see, the display dolls tower over the others. Their massive heads are larger in size than a human head. These dolls were produced in very limited quantities for the sole purpose of promotion via the most prominent movie theaters, retail stores and the occasional photo shoot with Walt himself (see the aforementioned publications). As with all Charlotte Clark dolls, this pair is of the highest quality material and workmanship. They are stuffed velveteen, Clark’s trademark material. Mickey is detailed with four 2” dia. natural pearl buttons. Minnie wears a silk-like skirt with pantaloons that have lace accents. In her hat is a delicate fabric flower with all petals intact. Additionally, Minnie has hundreds of individual eyelashes, which highlight her eyes, and all remain intact as produced. Each doll has a long, 32” tail. Both have wire inserts for posing but we do not recommend much movement. The condition on these dolls is extraordinary for any doll of this vintage, let alone dolls of this size and construction. We will note a few minor defects for the sake of complete accuracy, but we must stress these are very minor in the overall picture. The inside of Minnie’s right hand has just a tiny amount of pinpoint age dots. Slightest aging of the material around each set of eyelashes caused by the glue used at time of production to secure the lashes. Again, these are exceedingly minor defects and overall the dolls remain Near Mint. From day one, these dolls have been stored under ideal conditions which has resulted their immaculate appearance. These dolls will easily become the piece de resistance in even the most advanced collection. Many times, over 40 years, Ted Hake has been asked “What is the best thing you’ve ever auctioned?” As of now, his answer is “The Mickey and Minnie display dolls by Charlotte Clark in Auction #192.”
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