Sweep Cleans Up At Auction

For decades Sweep played second fiddle to saintly Sooty and his magic wand.

But the mischief-maker will be squeaking with delight after his glove puppet made an extraordinary £3,000 at auction.

The price was more than treble the amount expected and £250 more than the figure reached for Sooty – Sooty sold for £1,500.

The original puppets were part of a collection of memorabilia from The Sooty Show which belong to Peter Jago, one of the main puppeteers, who died in 2016.

In total it made over £11,000 when it went under the hammer at Ewbank’s auctioneers in Surrey.

The show, which ran from the 1950s until the 90s was first presented by Sooty creator Harry Corbett.

The collection of items featured in the children’s puppet show blew estimated sale prices out of the water.

Sooty’s Little Cousin Scampi, a late edition to the format in the early 1990s, brought a price of £2,000.

Along with the original puppets, props and costumes from the show were also sold, including the white rabbit and magic box from Sooty’s conjuring routine, his famous water pistol and his magic wand.

The full collection sold for £11,250 including premium, three times expectations on November 18.

Ewbank’s specialist Alistair McCrea said that luckily Sooty and Sweep behaved themselves extremely well and managed to keep Little Cousin Scampi in check during the proceedings and that they were pleased with the response of bidders, and there was no doubt that this collection caused quite a stir.

It’s great to see them bringing in such good money because it was a fabulous show in the 70s and 80s, with Sweep always causing trouble, although I would have thought they would have gone for more, it seemed a tad cheap to me, they were icons, but then I suppose they’ll always be priceless to those who grew up with them.

It looks like anyone that had Sooty and Sweep puppets should have hung onto them, and I’m guessing that the name Sooty wouldn’t pass our woke world and in today’s stupid looney world.

And I’m sure they wouldn’t have been allowed now, and they would have been banned due to the excessive violence.

Of course, Sweep was the original bad boy – skip phonies like James Dean and Marlon Brando, Sweep was the original rebel.

The creation of the franchise traces back to 1948 when Corbett came across an all yellow bear glove puppet during a holiday in Blackpool. He bought the item and made use of it to entertain his children during that time, including his newborn son Peter, naming the puppet Teddy.

In that time, his use of the puppet to entertain children with a kind of comedic routines and magic tricks earned him a place on the BBC’s talent competition.

Izzy whizzy, let’s get busy – that certainly brings back some childhood memories. Mind you, we could do with some of that now because everyone needs a little fantasy while the world goes bonkers around us.

They were clean and funny without being crude or rude and certainly better than some of the children’s drivel we get on TV now, but I’m sure that someone having their hand up a puppet’s backside today would be banned.

But Sooty and Sweep were great, but this was when kids could be entertained with the simple things in life, and they might have just been puppets but puppet lives matter as well.

Published by Angela Lloyd

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