Annette Funicello Disney memorabilia to sell at Profiles in History



2015-12-01 10:52:02

A forthcoming Profiles in History sale of animation memorabilia and Disneyana will include items from the collection of original Mouseketeer Annette Funicello.

Funicello began her career as a child star in 1955, after she was hand-picked by Walet Disney to become one of the Mouseketeers on The Mickey Mouse Club.

She also featured in several Disney TV shows and films throughout the 1950s and early 1960s, and forged a successful career as a young recording artist.

She then found fame as a teen star opposite Frankie Avalon in a series of famous 'Beach' movies, including Muscle Beach Party, Bikini Beach and Beach Blanket Bingo. In 1992, the same year she was inducted as a Disney Legend, Funicello announced she was suffering from multiple sclerosis, and she sadly passed away in 2013.

The sale will offer 13 lots from Funicello's personal memorabilia collection, such as her Disney Legends Award and her dancing shoes for the Mickey Mouse Club, donated by her husband Glen Holt to benefit The Annette Funicello Research Fund for Neurological Diseases.

“We are both honored and thrilled to be working with The Annette Funicello Research Fund. The monies generated from the sale of Annette’s personal items are going to a cause very near to her heart – the treatment and cure of MS,” said Joe Maddalena, President/CEO of Profiles in History.

Further notable Disney highlights from the sale will include an original cel and production setup from Lady and the Tramp, estimated at $40,000-$50,000; a vintage Disneyland 'Haunted Mansion' stretch painting valued at $20,000-$30,000; the original set of blueprints for 'Walt Disney’s Riverfront Square', a Disney theme park in St. Louis, estimated at $5,000-$10,000; and a Disneyland 1967-era Mark VII 'Autopia' attraction car from Tomorrowland, estimated at $1,500-$2,500.

The Profiles in History Animation & Disneyana sale takes place in California on December 10.

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