Steiff Mickey Mouse, ca. 1935
It was given to me in the mid-'60s by a very favorite aunt, and it had been given to her probably 20 years prior to that from my father's mother and I did not play with it; it's been in a box.
Lucky for you, it's been in a box.
Obviously, it's a Steiff piece, which it shows on the button and on the tag. Your piece dates to probably about 1936. Steiff early pieces are very rare. To find a early piece in fine condition is very, very rare, and to find early Mickey Mouse is triply rare.
That's a good thing.
It's a good thing. On the retail market today, it's worth between $3,500 and $4,500.
Oh, my! Mickey, I love you!
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