Major Mickey Mouse mess

The death of a mother has driven a wedge between sisters after an estate sale.


One of the largest Mickey Mouse collections in the state was sold last spring and the owner says she didn't get a dime.

Tonight we look at how the death of a mother has caused a rift between sisters.

When Mary Louise Dillon died she left a home in North Little Rock that was to be sold and the proceeds divided among her four children.

But before that could happen, the home had to be emptied.

And in the basement of that home was 1,100 square feet of Mickey Mouse memorabilia.

Daughter Carolyn had lived with her mother for nine years and continued to add to her massive collection during that entire time.

An attorney for Carolyn's sister Charlotte Dillon describes Carolyn as a hoarder.

"These were quality...I kept the tags on them,” counters Carolyn Dillon Dover. “I kept them in the original boxes. You know, A hoarder just slings them everywhere and has a dirty mess. Oh no. I took very good care of my collection."

When Carolyn learned that an estate sale was planned for last April, she texted her sister.

"Aren't you going to let me get my things?”

“Not now.”

“Why not?”

“I will let you know when you can.”

“How do I know my things won't be taken in the process?”

“I am taking care of things. Don't worry."

Well unbeknownst to Carolyn, the sale was being marketed as "Mickey Mania" by Burchfield Estate Sales.

“A massive collection...many of the items brand new,” declared another advertisement.

“One of the largest collections of Mickey/Disney memorabilia in Arkansas,” stated another ad.

Carolyn says when she saw this unique Halloween tree that she had created out of Mickey Mouse charms for sale on E-bay...she knew her collection had been sold.

Her sister gave her a key to a Sherwood storage unit where she found all that was left.

"I dropped the key and I went running out of the building and I went outside and threw up,” recalls Carolyn. “Literally. I was so in shock."

Carolyn has been able to buy back a few items on e-bay and confirmed with the sellers that they were purchased at her mother's estate sale.

The only time we have talked with Carolyn's sister Charlotte, she denied that any of the Mickey Mouse items were a part of the estate sale. She then called the company that conducted the estate sale and encouraged them to say the same thing if asked.

Charlotte Dillon also claims her sister suffers from dementia.

"She's been saying that for years,” laments Carolyn. “I do not have dementia. I am not... everything has been done so underhandedly. You It's bull."

Carolyn estimates her collection was worth $50,000

She has received no money from the estate sale.

The Halloween Mickey charm tree sold for seven dollars. Carolyn bought it back for $100.00.

Charlotte Dillon was offered a chance to tell her side of the story. An attorney called on her behalf but she did not respond.

Air date: February 1st, 2019

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