Tomorrowland ride sets Disneyland memorabilia auction record
A pair of ride cars from the Tomorrowland attraction has set a new auction record for a piece of Disneyland memorabilia.
The cars were the star lot of the Van Eaton Galleries 'Collecting Disneyland' sale in California, which featured over 800 lots documenting the history of the iconic theme park.
The PeopleMover attraction opened as part of the new Tomorrowland in 1967, and is estimated to have transported 100 million visitors before it closed down in 1995.
Just 13 of the original ride cars are believed to exist, and the pair offered for sale had been fully restored to include working control panels and even an original recording by a 1967 tour guide.
Offered with an estimate of $200,000-$300,000, the pair of cars soared to $471,500 – the highest price ever paid for a piece of Disneyland memorabilia.
“We knew the ride vehicles in our “Collecting Disneyland” auction would be one of the many show stoppers but we never thought it would sell for such a record price” said Mike Van Eaton, Co-Founder of Van Eaton Galleries. “When the bids just kept coming in at such a rapid pace we knew we were on to something pretty magical, just like Walt Disney himself.”
Further top lots included an original Audio Animatronic A-1 frame, as used to animate characters in rides such as Pirates of the Caribbean and The Haunted Mansion, which sold for $115,000; an original 1960s sign from the Golden Horseshoe Saloon which sold for $48,875; a piece of concept artwork for Adventureland, created in 1954, which realized $33,350; and a highly detailed concept model for the Indiana Jones Adventure attraction, created by Imagineer John Stone in 1995, which sold for $40,250.
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