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A mug from Disney’s Epcot Center in the shape of a purple dragon head sold for $139.50.

A mug from Starbucks’ “You Are Here” collection picturing Disney’s Epcot Center recently sold for $152.50, even though it is not at all old.An 18-ounce jumbo mug and saucer in the rare lilac color recently brought $44.50. Wright, an acclaimed industrial designer, created some very popular dinnerware sets in the 1940s and 1950s.These sets are in great demand today among collectors of “mid-century modern” housewares—a single mug from one of his sets can bring more than $100 in some cases. Examples: A mug from Wright’s ­“Casual” line in a rare cantaloupe color recently sold for $244.50.Examples: Trader Vic’s 1963 “Honi Honi” tiki mug, which features swimmers ­diving into the sea, sells for anywhere from $25 to $149.95 on e Bay.A tiki mug marked “Tiki Bob’s San Francisco” recently sold for $405. The “Moscow Mule,” a vodka-based drink that enjoyed brief popularity in the 1950s, traditionally is served in a copper mug.Examples: A cast mug from the John Wayne movie The Hellfighters recently sold for $1,580.

A mug from the 1950s promoting the show I Love Lucy and featuring a drawing of Lucille Ball sold for $350.

This Epcot mug was discontinued not long after its release because it shows a monorail with a purple stripe, and the actual purple-stripe monorail was involved in a fatal crash in 2009. Out-of-production Looney Toons and ­Peanuts/Snoopy mugs often have value, as do some mugs from less well-known ­cartoons.

Examples: A set of four glass mugs from the 1980s featuring Snoopy in election-themed drawings sold for between $50 and $90.

The drink currently is ­experiencing something of a resurgence, creating demand for vintage Moscow Mule mugs in good condition.

Example: A set of four Moscow Mule mugs stamped “A Cock ’N Bull Product” on the bottom ­dating to the 1950s recently sold for $89. Fiestaware, a line of ceramic dishes typically glazed in bold solid colors, is very collectible, and ­Fiestaware mugs are no exception.

A red-on-white mug from the 1964 New York World’s Fair featuring an image of the iconic “Unisphere” on one side and the words “A ‘Fair’ Size Mug” on the reverse brought $29.99. These mugs were made to serve tropical drinks such as mai tais, not coffee.