We have just received word from the estate of Mike "Coco" Polakovs that they would like to join us in supporting the International Clown Hall of Fame!
Coco's daughter Michelle and his wife Hazel are donating one of their few remaining signed Coco dolls.
1991 International Clown Hall of Fame inductee Michael Polakov or "Mike Coco", as he is known, achieved fame in England where the family came while he was a youth and his father (also known as Coco) was the longtime star clown of the Bertram Mills Circus. He was associated with the Bertram Mills and Billy Smart Circuses in England, which later included tours of Europe. He came to the U.S. in 1953 to work for a limited time with the Mills Bros. Circus, before returning to England. Coco later returned to the States and joined Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, working both as a member of the alley as well as spending eight years as Advance Clown and Goodwill Ambassador. He is credited with creating the makeup for Ronald McDonald, touring theme parks with Coco's Musical Comix and continued performing in circuses and acting as an Advance Clown for smaller shows.
Coco passed away in 2009. This is one of the very few signed dolls left so we are going to start the bidding at $100. for this doll sent directly to the Hall of Fame from the Polakovs' family collection.
The bidding starts now and continues through 11:59 PM (EST) Sunday night. Simply place your bid in the comments section of this post.