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    Lionel Pre-War Mickey Mouse Circus Train Set #1536 (Lionel, 1935). This windup O gauge train set was recently seen on Katie Couric's TV show "Katie." The mother of our consignor was an only child who took fastidious care of her toys, always putting them up carefully after playing with them. This set was given to her as a Christmas gift and the original gift tag is still with the set! It has been stored in a cedar chest since the 1940s, until it arrived here at Heritage. It's taken some collectors as long as 30 years to assemble, piece by piece, just a near complete set of this holy grail of Mickey Mouse (and Lionel Trains) collectibles. We had never seen a set in the original box, let alone a near complete set, until this one!
    The original box includes the locomotive (#1508), a stoker tender car (with a shoveling Mickey), a "Mickey Mouse Circus" car (#1536), a "Circus Dining Car" (#1518), and "Mickey Mouse Band" car (#1536), the tracks (two straight sections and six curved), a paper circus tent, a large Mickey Mouse barker composite figure, and assorted cardboard cutout pieces. All of these accessories, as well as the original box, are exceedingly rare and seldom seen today.
    This exact train was featured on the "Could You Have Treasures in Your Trash?" episode of "Katie" that aired on November 6, 2013, and was appraised by vintage toy expert Jordan Hembrough on the show at between $10,000 and $12,000. See a clip from the "Katie" show here
    The box (11.25" x 17" x 2.25") is in Very Good condition with no pieces out of it. There are some small tears on the edges, and general wear and fading from being almost 80 years old! The locomotive is in Fine condition with the original light bulb, some light surface rust to the chrome pieces and some minor paint loss, chipping, and surface rust on raised areas. The cars display a little edge wear and very minor surface rust on the sides, edges, and wheels. The stoker tender, with its moving Mickey, appears to be in working order and has the same surface condition as the cars. The composite Mickey figure (5" tall and made from compressed sawdust) is the nicest we've seen with only minor paint loss on the face, tail, elbows, and base. There is one small chip off the back of his left ear. There is general wear and some torn tabs on the paper pieces. The only items that seem to be missing from this set are three of the 5-cent tickets (one has been folded and tucked inside one of the cars) and the locomotive windup key.
    This is one of the most complete sets in existence of one of the most desirable toys from the 1930s, and is highly sought-after and coveted by Disney, toy, and train collectors alike. Here's a chance to own a piece of Disney, Lionel, television, and toy history! Hake's Official Price Guide to Disney Collectibles Fine Value for Set = $10,000; Near Mint value = $20,000.

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    Auction Dates
    February, 2014
    20th-22nd Thursday-Saturday
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