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The Queen's childhood toys are going on sale — and they include these creepy 90-year-old Mickey and Minnie Mouse dolls

Alison Millington
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Burstow & Hewett


The Queen's childhood toys and clothes are up for grabs — and they include some creepy early-edition Mickey and Minnie Mouse dolls.

The items are being sold in seven lots by auction house Burstow & Hewett as part of its September Antiques Sale, taking place on Wednesday, September 20.

The historic collection includes Royal baby clothing, once belonging to Princess (now Queen) Elizabeth and Princess Margaret, including a delicate peach silk baby coat, alongside a picture of Princess Elizabeth wearing it.

The coat, photograph, and other cotton playsuits and dresses are expected to sell for up to £1,500 ($2,000).

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Burstow & Hewett

The sale also includes a pair of Mickey and Minnie Mouse toys which belonged to the Princesses — and are expected to sell for up to £500.

The cloth-bodied dolls, which still have their original garments, were made by the traditional British toy maker Dean’s Rag Book Company circa 1930 after the Mickey Mouse character debuted in Walt Disney's 1928 animated short film "Steamboat Willie."

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Burstow & Hewett

The items were all given to the Royal Nanny, Clara "Allah" Knight, in the 1920s and 1930s, according to the auction house. The Telegraph reported that Knight looked after Elizabeth in her early years while the Queen Mother was undertaking ceremonial duties.

Knight eventually sent the items to her family in Sussex as gifts. After she died in 1946, the collection has remained in her family for the past 71 years.

The Daily Mail reported that the items have been "boxed up and tucked away in a house for many years," which is why the family decided to sell.

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Also included in the sale is a dress originally worn by Knight, three other dolls, and original photographs.

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Matt Ellin, specialist at Burstow & Hewett, told The Telegraph: "The collection came to us in amongst many other household items from an ordinary local house. The owners thought the collection was interesting but were very unassuming about the content.

"It’s a historic collection and we are expecting worldwide interest."

See the collection in the video below:

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