Rare book to be a part of Disney exhibition

The 1938 Mickey Mouse book unearthed in Wellingborough
The 1938 Mickey Mouse book unearthed in Wellingborough

A rare piece of Disney memorabilia from Wellingborough is to travel to London to be part of a one-off Disney exhibition.

The hardback copy of “Mickey’s Clock”, a book originally published in 1938, is estimated to be worth £300.

Owner Mark Turner purchased the book in 1992 and had it restored by one of the British Library’s bookbinders and restorers. Its recent discovery, after being uncovered in a nationwide search to find treasured items of Mickey Mouse memorabilia, has been celebrated by an independent Disney expert who described the item as a “very rare find”.

The Mickey and Oswald’s Epic Tales exhibition, taking place from November 23 to November 25 in London, will explore the fascinating history of Mickey Mouse and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit through a unique array of pieces from the collections of The Walt Disney Archives, the Walt Disney Animation Research Library and Walt Disney Imagineering.

Mr Turner said he was “delighted” his book had been chosen to be put on display. He added: “I have loved Disney since my wife and I first went to Disneyland Paris in 1997 and now have an epic collection over 1,000 pieces of Disney memorabilia.

“This item is the story of my favourite Mickey animated short, Clock Cleaners. My two young kids love the story as much as I did when I was a child.”

Patrick Van der Vorst, former Sotheby’s Director and founder of Valuemystuff.com, acted as an independent expert throughout the search. He says; “There were some great items unearthed by the British public 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.”