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  • Mick the Miller archive valued at $3,000 in November 12 sale
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Mick the Miller archive valued at $3,000 in November 12 sale

An archive of ephemera relating to Mick the Miller, the first star of British greyhound racing, is to cross the block at Graham Budd Auctions.

It's expected to make £1,000-2,000 ($1,598-3,196) in the November 10-11 Sports Memorabilia auction in London.

Mick the Miller
Mick the Miller is one of the most successful racing greyhounds of all time

Mick the Miller (1926-1939) was born in Killeigh, County Offaly in Ireland.

A priest, Father Martin Brophy, brought him to England to race in 1929.

Although the Catholic Church in Ireland was ambivalent towards the sport, in England it was a different story. The diocese distributed a strongly worded pamphlet, warning that it represented a "threat to Sunday dinners".

In spite of this, Mick proved himself a natural racer - achieving a staggering streak of 19 consecutive victories. He won the English Greyhound Derby twice.

He was popular with the public and starred in a feature film (Wild Boy) in 1934.

After Mick died, he was placed on display at the Natural History Museum in Hertfordshire where he stands to this day.

The archive features photographs, racing ephemera, as well as promotional materials associated with Wild Boy.

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    Will Davison
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