Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, widely beloved British children’s book by Lewis Carroll, published in 1865, became one of the most popular works of English-language fiction with its fantastical tales and riddles.
In fact, the work has never been out of print! And did you know it has been translated into at least 97 languages?
Now, Collectology are celebrating 150 years since Lewis Carroll wrote the sequel Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There. Collectors are going mad over the first ever Official British Isles Alice in Wonderland 50p coins.
The coins include everyone’s favourite characters from Alice in Wonderland including Alice herself, the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts, and the White Rabbit, each accompanied by an iconic quote.
In fact, the tale’s ongoing legacy encompasses many adaptations for stage, screen, radio, art, ballet, theme parks, board games, and video games.
There has always been a massive interest in collectables linking to Alice in Wonderland, so here at Collectology we’ve picked out a few of our favourites.
Here’s five of the best items that have gone through auction rooms in recent years…
The ‘Legendary’ Alice in Wonderland First Edition
Sold any old books at a car boot sale recently? This one is worth a fortune!
Two thousand copies of the first edition of Carroll’s classic children’s story were printed in June 1865. Macmillan & Co was planning to release it on 4 July, and sent 50 advance copies to the author for him to give away.
But shortly afterwards, the book’s illustrator, John Tenniel, told Carroll that he was “entirely dissatisfied with the printing of the pictures”, so the author recalled the print run and asked for the advance copies he had sent out to be returned.
Now with just 22 known copies in existence, you can pick up a first edition copy for around £5,000 on the secondary market.
Walt Disney Alice in Wonderland First Edition book (1951)
Perhaps a (slightly) more affordable book to get your hands on is this Disney Alice in Wonderland book. With the date, 1951, printed on the Title Page, Walt Disney released the Alice In Wonderland film in the same year.
This, unlike the original books from the previous century, is packed with large colour illustrations from the Disney Alice In Wonderland animation film, which was the 13th release of the Disney feature length animation films.
This is still a very rare book, with the typical copy selling in the region of £200 on the secondary market.
Medicom Mickey Mouse Mad Hatter Doll Figure
When Alice tumbled through the rabbit hole into Wonderland, she would never have expected to see the Mad Hatter quite like this! Mickey Mouse, as part of Medicom’s Miracle Action Figure line, gets a mad makeover to transform him into Johnny Depp’s Mad Hatter from Tim Burton’s blockbuster film, Alice in Wonderland.
This piece is certain to captivate Burton and Depp’s many fans and Disney collectors. Found in the region of £60, this is a unique collector’s item sure to get some attention.
Original Alice in Wonderland VHS – Black Diamond Edition/Clamshell Case
Gold dust for Alice in Wonderland fans and avid collectors, you may be lucky enough to own an original Alice in Wonderland VHS.
Selling for up to £7000-£8000, you may want to check your shelves and loft for this gem! This VHS a clear indication of the popularity of this magical story – one that will be cherished for generations to come.
You can celebrate the magical anniversary of 150 years since Carroll wrote the sequel Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, with our NEW Alice in Wonderland 50ps…