Historic Disneyland memorabilia up for auction in California
Van Eaton Galleries has announced details of its second major sale of Disneyland memorabilia.
The collectibles auction house, based in Sherman Oaks, California, will host the 'Collecting Disneyland' sale, featuring items from some of the world's finest collections.
Earlier in 2015 Van Eaton Galleries conducted the landmark 'Story of Disneyland' auction, which raised $1.7 million and set a record for Disneyland memorabilia, as a singing bird puppet from the Enchanted Tiki Room sold for $153,400.
The company will be hoping for similar success this time round, as a further 800 lots from the park's illustrious history go up for sale. The sale will include everything, from vintage tickets, flyers and matchbooks to props, posters costumes and even cars from the rides themselves.
“This collection and the people that have collected it are beyond extraordinary,” said Mike Van Eaton, Co-Founder of Van Eaton Galleries. “The breadth of this vintage collection and the rarity of the memorabilia are true testaments to the genius of Walt Disney.”
Amongst the top lots is a pair of original ride vehicles from the PeopleMover attraction in Tomorrowland. Opened in 1967, the PeopleMover ride is believed to have entertained close to 100 million visitors over the years until it closed in 1995.
Just 13 vehicles from the ride are known to exist, and the pair on offer have been fully restored to include working control panels, music systems and lighting. These highly rare relics of a much-loved ride are expected to sell for $200,000-$300,000, a price which would set a new record for Disneyland memorabilia.
Further notable lots will include a Jack Skellington head from the Disneyland Haunted Mansion Holiday attraction, valued at $30,000-$40,000; the original carving used to create the bat stanchions in the Haunted Mansion, estimated at $80,000-$100,000; an original 1956 Tomorrowland Rocket to the Moon attraction, priced at $15,000-$20,000; and a fully-restored ride vehicle from the iconic Space Mountain attraction, estimated at $50,000-$60,000.
Lots from the Collecting Disneyland sale will be on public display from October 29 until November 20, prior to the live auction on November 21.
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