A 1928 movie poster of Mickey Mouse, thought to be the earliest surviving poster of the Walt Disney character, has fetched $85,000 (£56,000) at auction in Dallas, Texas.
Owned for three
decades by a late Californian collector, the 2ft 3in x 3ft 5in
(68cm x 1.04m) full-colour, one-sheet poster was described by the
vendor's daughter as "the crowning jewel" of her father's
collection. Grey Smith, director of movie posters at
Heritage Auctions (19.5% buyer's premium), where it sold on November 29, said: "Walt Disney
created Mickey Mouse in 1928, and the first 12 Mickey cartoons were
distributed in 1928 and 1929 by Celebrity Pictures, a very low
budget distributor. This is very likely the only Mickey Mouse
poster created until 1930 when Disney cartoons began to be
distributed by Columbia Pictures."
The pre-sale estimate