Ventriloquist’s dummy sells for £40,000
‘Archie’ a ventriloquist doll made famous in a 1950s radio show was sold at auctioneers, Greenslade Taylor Hunt in Somerset, United Kingdom, on November, 22, for £40,000.
Dressed in a broad stripped blazer Archie and his mentor, Peter Brough’s, show ‘Educating Archie’ attracted an audience of 13 million and was voted the most popular show on radio in 1952 and was transferred to television in 1958.
Colin Burnett-Dick who remembered the show back in the 1950s as well having a life long interest in ventriloquism and puppets bought Archie. He arranged for his wife to bid on his behalf at the sale.
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