Two original Sooty puppets, and Harry Corbett autograph


Sale price£1,900
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A hugely rare and desirable pair of original vintage Sooty puppets. Accompanied by Harry Corbett’s autograph.

Corbett is believed to have used the more weathered of the two Sootys during the late 1950s – the sawdust in the puppet’s head is testament to its very early date. Sooty’s worn appearance is thought to come from his numerous pie throwing escapades.

The second Sooty is thought to come from the early 1960s.

It is not known whether the two puppets were used for the Sooty Show television programmes or the stage shows.

Superb provenance. Originally acquired directly from Harry Corbett: the two Sootys and the autograph were purchased at an auction that immediately followed an after dinner speaking event in Blackpool where Corbett was the guest speaker.

Two extraordinary artefacts of British popular culture.

Harry Corbett (1918-1989) created the Sooty show for television in 1955 and operated the puppet until 1975, when son Matthew took the helm.

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