Rare original Humpty toy is up for auction

The Humpty Dumpty which will be up for auction at TW Gaze.

The Humpty Dumpty which will be up for auction at TW Gaze. - Credit: Archant

One of the few original Humpty Dumpty toys which starred in the hit BBC children's television show Play School is today expected to fetch somewhere between £4,000 and £6,000 at auction.

The item could be one of only three of the much sought-after toys that were ever made, with one already having been sold for £6,250 at a toy auction in May.

TW Gaze, which is hosting the sale at Diss Auction Rooms today, said the toy characters from the show – which ran between 1964 to 1988 – had become even more popular among nostalgia hunters following the 50th anniversary of its inception.

'The favourite and most distinguished of all was Humpty, a plush version of the nursery rhyme character Humpty Dumpty,' a spokesman said.

'In reality the actual number of original Humptys seems unknown, with estimates ranging from three to 20, some of which are quoted as being secured in BBC vaults.

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'However, whatever the truth, it is agreed there were only a limited number made.'

The item on sale today became available after its current owner obtained it as a gift for his three-year-old daughter at the end of the run of programmes from Play School's reprographic department manager.

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