The Walt Disney Company is worth billions of dollars, and the rarest Disney collectibles can sell for a pretty penny as well.
Founded in 1923, the Walt Disney Company has spent 92 years fostering a legendary legacy that is recognized and revered across the globe. It’s only natural, then, that innumerable toys and collectibles would be produced based on franchises within the Disney universe. Though Disney products generally pride themselves on their affordability and universal appeal, some Disney collectibles have become so rare that fans would be lucky to just see them, let alone own them!
Below are 6 collectibles that could easily be considered the holy grail of any collection.
6: Cheshire Cat Prototype Jar
Disney themed cookie jars evoke nostalgia of a bygone era, yet they’re still popular among fans both young and old. Of all these cookie jars that exist today, none are more valuable than this Cheshire Cat Prototype.
Sporting light pearl colors and a relaxed pose, this version of the Cheshire Cat is significantly different than the final version. It’s likely for this exact reason that the prototype cat has sold for as much as $799 during auction!
5: Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories #1
We all know vintage comic books can sell for massive amounts of cash, and classic Disney comics are no exception.
The first issue of Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories was originally published in 1940, but the series continued all the way to 2011. Featuring the forever recognizable Donald Duck on the cover, the inaugural issue of Comics and Stories is worth as much as $15,000!
4: Original Mickey Mouse Poster
Vintage promotional posters are some of the hardest collectibles to find in good condition. Not only are they prone to tearing and other forms of damage, they’re also commonly produced in limited quantities.
It should be no surprise, then, that this antique Mickey Mouse poster from 1932 wound up selling for $23,900 in 2007. Who knew a large sheet of paper could be so valuable?
3: Mickey 75th Anniversary Statues
In one of the more unique ways to celebrate a 75th anniversary, 75 celebrities banded together for Mickey’s birthday in 2004 to create 75 unique statues of the mouse. These one-of-a-kind figures were sold at auction with proceeds benefiting charity, but these collectibles remain just as famous to this day.
Of all the statues sold during this event, Elton John’s Music Royalty Mickey topped the charts at $62,400. After all the collectibles were sold, a collective $737,400 was raised and subsequently donated. Not a bad way to celebrate a birthday party!
2: Snow White Original Poster
Remember what we told you about posters being rare and valuable? We really meant what we said.
If you want affordable old-school Snow White memorabilia, we absolutely do not recommend looking for an original poster for the movie’s theatrical release. That is, of course, unless you consider $65,725 to be “affordable.”
1: Charlotte Clark Mickey and Minnie Dolls
As the first person to ever design a doll based on Mickey Mouse, Charlotte Clark holds a level of prestige that other doll-makers and seamstresses just can’t match. For this reason, it should come as no surprise that her first dolls would go on to be the most expensive Disney collectibles ever sold during an auction.
Standing at 44” and 48” respectively, these Mickey and Minnie plush dolls from the 1930s look charming and impressive by modern standards. They’re so charming, in fact, that they commanded an unbelievable price of $151,524! It takes a lot of love for someone to drop that kind of money on collectibles, but the House of the Mouse has proven year after year to be an important staple of modern pop culture. Whether you’re dropping thousands on a historic item or $10 on a Tsum Tsum, Disney will continue to be a part of home decor around the world for generations to come.
Having said that, if you happen to look in your attic and find one of these antique dolls, we sincerely hope you find a buyer and enjoy your newfound fortune.