An original Sooty puppet purchased by Harry Corbett on Blackpool's North Pier has sold at auction for £14,500.
Corbett, who created the character 70-years-ago, paid seven shillings and six pence (37½p) to entertain his children on holiday.
He used soot to blacken its ears and nose, leading to the name Sooty.
Sooty went on to become one of British TV's best loved characters.
The puppet was given by Corbett to his friend, the Blackpool-based musician Arthur Abbott.
He sent a letter to Mr Abbott, on Sooty headed notepaper, dated September 16, 1957, which read: "Just a line to say thank you very much for the list of tunes which came in very, very handy on the cruise.
"I have great pleasure in sending you one of the Sootys which I have used on television.
"Actually, he was in a programme where he got rather messed up, and he has since been washed. However, when he has a brush up I am sure he will look very nice. Again, many thanks and best wishes - Harry Corbett."
Mr Abbott's son, Steven, who sold the puppet said he was "delighted" with the sale at Hansons Auctioneers in Derbyshire.