Some of the earliest paintings of the much-loved children's character Noddy are to go under the hammer at Chiswick Auctions.

Original water colours by Harmsen Van der Beek, who created the artwork for Enid Blyton's first books about the little wooden boy and his adventures in Toyland, will go on sale next Wednesday (November 19).

They are part of what the auction house in Colville Road, off Bollo Lane, claims is probably the largest Noddy collection in the world, featuring more than 600 single items.

Among the lots in the Schuster collection are more than 50 first editions, many toys, including the rare Woo-Woo Train, and the original Noddy window display from Hamleys.

Noddy collection at Chiswick Auctions. Lot 52: Peter Wienk, "The sailor saluted the captain and then marched poor Tubby away", pen and ink and watercolour on card, for illustration on p. 29, Book 18, 1959 (23 x 16.5cm). Estimate: £200-300
 

Enid Blyton's first Noddy book was published in 1949, featuring illustrations by Mr Van der Beek. Although the Dutch artist died four years later, his drawings helped make the bell-hatted boy a global phenomenon, instantly recognisable around the world.

The full catalogue is available here and the sale will begin next Wednesday at midday.

Noddy collection at Chiswick Auctions. Lot 82: Harmsen Van Der Beek: "Noddy gives his little house a Summer cleaning", pictorial title and 28 illustrations on five sheets of board, pen and ink and watercolour. (29 illus., 5 sheets) Estimate: £600-800