Nothing Mickey Mouse about auction of golden statue -- bids start at $2 million

By John Tanasychuk
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Bidding starts at $2 million.

Like so many expensive things that serve no useful purpose, it straddles that flimsy line between collectible and kitsch, but somehow fits perfectly into all that is ostentatious about South Florida.

The item for sale is a 2-foot-tall, solid 24-karat gold sculpture of Mickey Mouse.

Are you feeling the magic?

Back in 2001, as the story goes, a Boynton Beach holding company with interests in a Utah mint got permission from Disney to produce Celebration Mickey to commemorate Walt Disney's 100th birthday.

When the sculpture didn't meet its reserve price at auction, it looked for a minute as if speculating on a solid gold Disney character had been a bad idea. It still may have been.
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