Mickey Mouse poster nets Yuba City family $100K

Published On: Dec 07 2012 04:57:18 AM HST
YUBA CITY, Calif. (KCRA) -

Pouring over volumes of her father’s movie poster collection, Tracy Leighton gets excited.

“What a crazy adventure,” Leighton said.

She is referring to a rare 1928 Mickey Mouse poster that her father, Crowell Beech, bought. 

The poster has a tale of its own.

“We were really scratching our heads because we didn’t know where it was,” she said.

After Beech’s death, the poster went missing from his Belvedere home.

A family friend in the industry noticed it up for auction and immediately called Leighton.

The family did a little digging and got the Belvedere police involved.

Through a little detective work they were able to trace a signature of the man who sold the stolen poster and matched it to a handyman who had worked on Beech’s home in the past.

“The police did such a good job. They got a little bit more evidence on him and brought him in for questioning. He plead guilty,” Leighton said.

The man who bought the stolen poster actually knew the Beech family himself and gave the poster back to Leighton, its rightful owner.

Leighton said the man who stole the poster sold it for around $6,000.

After they got it back and rightfully put it up for auction, it sold for more than $100,000.

“I’ve told this story to friends and family, and it does, it sounds like a movie plot,” Leighton said.


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